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Shy Ways

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Sarah Templeton dreams of escaping a Tennessee town where the kids call her “slanty eyes” or ignore her because she is the only Japanese-American anyone has ever seen. She never defends herself because she cries too easily like her Japanese mother. She wishes she were more like her father whose temper she mistakes for strength.
Sarah’s dad keeps secrets about his new job
Kindle Edition, 185 pages
Published August 28th 2017 (first published 2017)
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Rachel Barnard
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I wanted a day off from being part Japanese, part anything." (Page 145).

Sarah doesn't like her new home or her new school. The other kids call her mean names because she's half-Japanese. She wishes she would stand up for herself and speak up, but every time she doesn't say a word and sometimes cries instead. When the plant where her father and most of the town works has an accident with a chemical leak, it will affect Sarah's entire family and the whole town. Sarah will forget all about the
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It seems like we are living in darker times today, which is why I enjoyed such an exceptional story. The main character struggles with being bi-racial, until she realizes that her heritage brings her so much more than the children in school could ever imagine. I love that this book touches on so many major factors that we face today. Racism, chemical pollution, PTSD, depression and more. The writing in this novel is obviously designed for children, so it is a quick read for adults. However, this ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So touching! “Shy Ways” is about a young girl dealing with being different – first generation Japanese American – and being strong in the face of racial slurs, meanness and stupidity. The writing allows you to feel the pain that she feels and recognize the senseless in ostracizing persons because of their birth. A good story to be read by young adults who would better appreciate and embrace positive individualism. I felt that the sensitivity with which this story was written made it very ...more
Lynda C. Griner
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A special book

A great read for all of us who were "different" when we were growing up and that would include most of us!
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Susan Griner is an author of children's fiction. She has writen short stories and poetry for both Cricket and Babybug magazine. She is currently working on a YA novel set along the Silk Road. She lives in Washington state, but her southern roots have influenced her writing.
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