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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,589 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to.

That all changes after the horrific events of

Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2006)
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Apr 29, 2007 Kristl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone! especially teens, WWII & Arizona history aficionados
I am so satisfied that Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower was chosen as the One Book Arizona for Kids for 2007 because I likely might not have gotten to it just yet, if at all.

Having just finished it-minutes ago, my thoughts are fresh and still congealing, which is not how I would normally write a review. However, it has been a long while since I've reached the end of a book-especially one written so quietly and unaffectedly-and had the urge to just cry.

I had to reflect upon the reason for this sudde
Helvry Sinaga
Bagaimana rasanya kesepian? bagaimana rasanya bosan? bagaimana rasanya meninggalkan kamp? Itulah pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang diajukan Sumiko dan ia sendiri yang menjawabnya.

Novel ini bercerita tentang kehidupan keluarga Jepang-Amerika pada masa perang dunia ke-2. Sumiko, seorang gadis berumur dua belas tahun tinggal bersama Pamannya yang bernama Hatsumi, Bibinya (namanya tidak disebutkan dalam novel), Kakeknya, Masanori Matsuda yang dipanggil Jichan, dua sepupunya yaitu Ichiro dan Bull, dan adikn
Apr 30, 2009 Roos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roos by: Furious
Shelves: 2009, novelia
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Most kids don’t even realize that when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, we treated all Japanese like outcasts. We took them from their homes and put them in “camps” so that they would no longer be a part of American society. In some cases, we were not much better than the Germans because we treated them horribly simply because they were a different race. This book is interesting to use to find out more about what conditions these people lived in. Not a ton of action, but a lot of information an ...more
Sumiko, gadis kecil berusia 12 tahun warga Amerika Serikat keturunan Jepang dibesarkan oleh keluarga paman dan bibinya di perkebunan bunga di California setelah kecelakaan lalu lintas yang menewaskan kedua orang tuanya.

Sumiko sudah terbiasa menjadi satu-satunya orang Jepang dikelas dan menjadi bahan ejekan, namun dia bahagia karena masih memiliki keluarga adiknya Tak tak, kedua sepupunya Ichiro dan Bull, kakeknya Jiichan dan tentu saja Paman dan bibi serta kebun bunga yang dirawat dengan kesung
A quiet novel, taking on a complicated situation with sensitivity and revealing some frequently forgotten pieces of history (such as the connection between interned Japanese Americans and Native Americans). However, while the history is interesting and the summary sounded promising, this novel did not live up to its potential for me. The narrative reads a little too young and while the character's situations evoke great empathy, the characters themselves (including the protagonist Sumiko) remain ...more
රටවලවල මිනිසසු ඉනනවා නෙමෙයි, මිනිසසු කියනනෙ රටවල.. ඒත මට තේරෙනනෙ නැතතෙ රටවලවලට යුදධ කරන දුරජනයනට මිනිසසු කියන එකයි.. මගේ ගෙවතතෙ පුංචි මල උයනෙ ඉනන කොට කුණුවලට ආදරය කළ පුංචි ගැහැණු ළමයාව කොචචරක මතක කරනන පුළුවනිද? මම කියවලා නැති වෙනස දේවල! මම නොදනනා කතාවක.. ඒත, එකම උණුසුම සුනදර හදවත!

අමරිකාවේදී රතු ඉනදියානු යෞවනයෙකුට ආදරය කරන ජපන ගැහැණු ළමයෙක!

"මම දැන ලොකු ගෑණු ළමයෙක"
"සංවේදියි" ඔහු සෙමින කීවේය.
"එතකොට, ඔයා?" ඈ ඇසුවාය.
"ඔයාගේ අමමලා තාතතලා මොනවද කරනනේ?"
"මගේ අමමා ගෝතරික ලේකම" ඔහු සිය ඇස ඇය වෙතින ඉවතට ගෙන
Stacy Nyikos
One of the most stirring Supreme Court cases I read while teaching constitutional limitations was the 1941, U.S. vs. Korematsu, which posed that the U.S. government had violated the civil rights of Japanese-Americans they had forced into internment camps during World War II. The Supreme Court ruled that while the U.S. government had violated its citizens’ rights, the state of war outweighed those rights and made the internment legal.
This background knowledge and prior, personal conflict with t
mitchell k dwyer
Twelve-year-old Sumiko lives on a flower farm in northern California with her little brother, her aunt and uncles, and her grandfather. In every way, hers is like other American farming families: every member does his or her part to keep things running, there is never a shortage of work to be done, and complaining is both pointless and unheard-of.

In a few ways, Sumiko's is unlike many farming families, because her grandfather came to America from Japan. Although Sumiko doesn't look like her cla
I had high hopes for this book. I really loved Kira Kira from this author, but this novel somehow felt flat for me. I loved the beginning, but somehow along the way it became very boring. I couldn't care anymore what happened to our main character and the ending was not really that. It lacked soul, so to say.

Sumiko is a bright charming character, but after she enters the camp her voice failed to surprise me. It's like she lost her childlike charm and all her worries were about how are they going
Steffie Zenn
Another great book by Cynthia Kadohata. I feel like she can really portray what it is like living as a Japanese-american girl during war times.
Weedflower is the story of Sumiko, a young Japanese-American girl living in America during WWII. This story explores the discrimination she faces from white Americans prior to the bombing of Peal Harbor, and then following the bombing the forcing of her family from their home in Southern California to first an assembly center at a racetrack, and then an internment camp in Poston, Arizona.

Written from the first-person point of view, the reader gains a true understanding of Sumiko's simple desire

This is the story of 12 year old Sumiko whose family lived on a flower farm in Northern California. She was orphaned at a young age and lives with her aunt, uncle and grandfather. After Pearl Harbor it follow the events as laws are passed and they are eventually interned in the Mojave desert. Although I have read about the internment camps and thought I knew about this, this touching story told from the point of view of a 12 year old brought to life new details about the lives of the Japanese ea
"Weedflower" is a book about family, about sacrifice, about racism, and about friendship. Sumiko is used to being ostracized for her race. She's used to being treated unfairly. She's used to being alone in her community. Once Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, her awareness of the racism and lack of rights against her and her family is magnified as they are forced into internment camps. When they eventually end up in a camp on an Indian Reservation, it becomes clear that even the Indians, ...more
Helen Lee
Weedflower was a fast-paced book that takes place in World War II from the point of view of a Japanese girl. This girl was Sumiko, who was moved into an internment camp with her family in response to Pearl Harbor.
Sumiko was a very relatable character, which made Weedflower an exciting book. In fact, all of the characters in the story were great and lovable. While reading this story and their conflicts, I felt bad for her, her family, and other Japanese characters. I kept rooting for them even af
Beth Schencker
A great read from wonderful author. As we follow Sumiko and her family through the trials for war, we are again reminded of the injustices down to Japanese-Americans. Living on a flower farm, Sumiko and her family are happy and content. When the news of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor reaches their farm, they are expecting the worst. And it comes. The family is moved to an assembly center camp where they soon learn their fate. They are to be relocated from California to Poston, Arizona to live in an ...more
Rll52014_lori Nolan
To me, this novel was a little bit of an eye opener. Before I read this novel, I did know that Japanese-Americans were placed in interment camps because Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. However, I really did not get the perspective of what it was like to live in those camps. Because of the character of Sumiko, I was able to get a very small sense of what life was like as a Japanese-American during those years.
Before I read this book, I also thought that Japanese-Americans were always treated fairly be
Hannah Grippo
A contemplative narrative about a child and her family during the beginning of WWII when American citizens with Japanese heritage were arrested and taken to live in camps. It's anxious and perplexing to learn about this part in history, and I imagine the author (whose father was in one of the camps) was trying to come to an understanding as well. The book is especially powerful in that it doesn't treat legal or personal racism as issues needed to be debated, but natural as the air. That is racis ...more
I hated for this book to end, and, in fact, the ending is the only place I would quibble with it.. I felt like it was kind of abrupt and a bit dissatisfying (sequel coming maybe?).

Other than that, it was another showcase for Kadohata's mastery as a storyteller and word weaver. Although the story is told in third person, we are IN Sumiko's head, and we see the world so poignantly and honestly, with her eyes.

Even the least consequential characters are clear and real, and Kadohata has managed to
I rated this 3.5 stars.

It's nice that the author gives young adults exposure to the Japanese internment camps and what happened in our country during WWII because most books are about what was going on in Europe. Sumiko's story is well told and honest. We understand her family's fear after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the waiting game of when they were going to be taken away from California. We understand the heartache of selling off their goods and watching their home disappear as they leave
Carol Ansel
Jan 11, 2014 Carol Ansel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: classroom teachers, middle school readers, folks interested in the japanese Internment
Recommended to Carol by: NoveList K-8 database
This is another novel I read while in search of an engaging read for 6th graders that deals with Japanese internment during World War II (see my review of Bat 6). Kadohata won a Newbery Award for her novel Kira-Kira in 2005. Beautifully written and well-told, this story tells of 12-year old Sumiko, an orphaned Japanese-American girl who is being raised by her aunt and uncle on their flower farm in Southern California. After Pearl Harbor is bombed, the family is sent to an internment camp in the ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Analee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Analee by: Marisa
This book was very good. I really enjoyed reading it. It was very insightful of a culture I know little about. I thought it was much better than the authors award winning book Kira, Kira.
Meh, seems like something I'm supposed to like. A little too historical-y and not enough sadness of a true crime by the government. Bonus points for the mentioning of Quakers though.
Madison Rochlin
This book was a good read for me. I enjoyed learning about camps during the war and the interesting part about this book was it was set in America. There were camps or prisons for Japanese American people after Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. I could imagine how these people lived as I read the book and it was rather sad because they were not involved with the attacks but were seen as guilty because of their race. No one ever hears about camps in the United States, only Jew camps back in Europe. ...more
A young, Japanese-American girl is sent to an internment camp in Arizona during WWII and learns how to survive and thrive in hot, awful conditions.
Set in the 1940s, Kadohata shows us a Japanese family who runs a successful flower farm. Most everything is normal for this young girl's family. She faces some racism among her school friends, but nothing like what happens after December 7, 1941. Like so many other Americans of Japanese descent, her family is rounded up and herded off to an internment camp. A few months later, they are moved once again to the Arizona desert, side by side with an Indian reservation. There's a fair amount of confl ...more
Nov 03, 2007 ™yourbeautifulnightmaree™ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody over 9
this is a great story tht you will never forget! i oved this book because it showed the hardships of being in the Japanise camps.
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Amel Armeliana
One of my favorite book and Cynthia is one of my favorite author.
Dayna Smith
Sumiko and her brother live with their uncle and his family after the death of their parents. The family grows flowers to sell in the California flower markets. She is twelve in December of 1941 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. The story follows their family as they are interned in a camp in Poston, Arizona. The camp is on land taken from the Mohave reservation and the Native Americans aren't happy with the new arrivals. As Sumiko befriends a young Mohave boy, she discovers the plight of the ...more
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Cynthia Kadohata is a Japanese American writer known for writing coming of age stories about Asian American women.

She spent her early childhood in the South; both her first adult novel and first children's novel take place in Southern states. Her first adult novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Medal. Her first published s
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