Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

KADOHATA, Cynthia. Weedflower. Simon & Schuster, Atheneum. c2006. 272p. 0-689-86574-0. $16.95. J *

Kadohata follows up her Newbery Medal for Kira-Kira with another story from Japanese American history. This novel follows the experiences of a California family in the wake of Pearl Harbor, faced with prejudice and the indignity of being relocated to the Arizona desert. The story opens slowly, introducing 12-year-old Sumiko Yamaguchi who lives with her brother Tak-Tak, her grandfather, her aunt and uncle and their grown sons in California. The family raises flowers, as do many of their Japanese American neighbors. They keep largely to themselves and their traditions, but Sumiko experiences prejudice firsthand when she is invited to a white classmate's birthday party, only to be turned away by her classmate's mother. The date is Saturday, December 6, 1941.

The next morning brings about the total disruption in everything that Sumiko has known. Her uncle and grandfather are sent to a relocation camp in North Dakota while the rest of them are...

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