Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means t ...more
Gently, insistently, Sepahban's spare, lyrical prose draws you in deep. This story of a Japanese-American family herded off to an internment camp during WWII, and their struggle with loss, their strength and their survival, is centered upon the character of the youngest family member: 10-year-old Manami.
Manami's parents and grandfather are loving and supportive but traditional. They do not share their fears or discuss the war, the hateful policy of internment, or its ...more
Manami is a girl whose family is relocated to one of these camps because they are Japanese. She is in truth American, having been born on her home island, but that identity is thrown into flux when soldiers arrive and force her to leave--and abandon her little dog Yujiin in the process.
Manami's new life at the ...more
Everything about this gorgeous, lyrical, heartbreaking story is a work of art -- starting with the spare yet evocative cover. Like the main character Manami, Lois Sepahban draws a moving picture of grief, resilience, and ultimately strength.
As Manami's family is grieving the loss of her grandmother, a small white dog appears as they are walking on the beach one day. Little Yujiin becomes a member of t ...more
This book is a real treasure. It illuminates one of the worst chapters of our modern American history--one that has sadly often gone overlooked. The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a horror, but it's one that Lois Sepahban portrays beautifully. The writing is gorgeous, lyrical and emotional. Manami is a protagonist to cherish, a little girl who is so fragile but so resilient at the same time. It's a story of hope struggl ...more
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I can't even explain what it was that kept me diving back in each time I sat down, it was just a story that had to be read and Manami was a character I wanted to get to know. There is also a lot of insight into what it was like in these camps and what life became for the families who were there. A great read that could definitely be use ...more
It's a beautifully told story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful, dealing with one of the most shameful periods of U.S. history in a careful, thoughtful, well-researched manner. It's also a story about a family--loving, complicated, and so very real--trying to do everything they can to continue to survive in country that is treating them so poorly, and a young girl searching for way ...more
I will tell you that I have such a soft spot for any book that has any kind of dog in it, so I was especially excited for Lois' debut novel. And what I found in PAPER WISHES was a stunning story about hardship and hope and the power of love.
Manami is a ten-year-old girl who has a wonderful life that includes walks on the beach with her ...more
Yet Sepahban manages it with quiet grace, giving us the story of Manami, a 10-year-old girl who is imprisoned with her family in the California desert. Traumatized by the experience and fiercely missing the dog she was forced to leave behind, Manami refuses to speak, grieving even as her fa ...more
Yujiin running on the sand.
Yujiin sleeping under Grandfather’s chair.
Yujiin watching seabirds dip and bob.
Yujiin waiting by the door.
Each morning, I make a wish for Yujiin to come and I send new promises in the air.”
Living with her family on Bainbridge Island in Washington, Manami lives a relatively happy and peaceful life with her parents and grandfather. Her life is made all the more joyful when she’s with her bel ...more
Manami is a ten-year-old living on Bainbridge Island in 1942, when life changes forever. Thanks to an order signed by the President, Manami, her parents and her grandfather, along with all ...more
I'm writing an article about children's books. I have a whole stack on my dining room table that I've either bought or borrowed from the library. I've never grown out of children's books. The books I read now that are favorites could never mean as much to me as the books that were favorites to me as a kid. I loved books about animals, and princesses, and scary books, and Judy Blume. I remember exactly where Howliday Inn was on the shelf at the library. So, I have a very large soft spot for middl...more
When I'm listening to a good song, my body can't help but function in a rhythm that matches the beat of the music. It's like every cell wants to sway in time with the sound coming through the speakers. Every now and then, I'll come across a book that is written so lyrically, so stunningly gorgeous, that it creates that exact same effect for me.
Lois Sepahban's book, Paper Wishes, is one of those books. There's a cadence to her writi ...more
Quiet, beautiful, and full of grace, PAPER WISHES is written in lovingly spare prose leaving pure emotion on the page. I was a mess by the end of the first chapter. The story focuses on ten-year-old Manami and her family who are moved to a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Caught trying to sneak in her dog, Yujiin, Manami is forced to abandon him before they reach the camp.
A story of heartbreak and loss, family and resilience – this was a book that will stay with me ...more
“Why have the soldiers come?” I ask.
“War,” grandfather says. “It means soldiers everywhere.”
“When I see the soldiers, I am scared,” I say.
“When the soldiers see you, they are scared, too,” Grandfather says.
“Me?” I ask. I do not think I look scary.
“You. Me. All of us. They think: Maybe these people with Japanese faces and Japanese names will betray us,” Grandfather says.
“But only my face and my name are Japanese,” I ...more
I seem to be a magnet for books about young girls and their dogs. Authors who write these kinds of books and I always seem to connect instantly, and Lois Sepahban's book is not exception. Mind you, this book also focuses on the Japanese internment camps, something I admit, I knew about, but didn't entirely understand the lengths of.
This book is simple, if beautiful written. It looks at the story of a girl who is whisked away from her normal life and throw ...more
I did learn quite a bit while reading this book, as I researched a lot of the events and locations mentioned in this book online. Since this is something most history classes skim over, I did not ...more
This story takes place in California, but there were thirteen internment camps, including on ...more