A Place to Belong

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This book is a powerful, emotional, and necessary historical novel that provides an important perspective about the people imprisoned in Japanese “internment” camps during World War II. Hanako is a twelve-year-old Japanese American whose family was imprisoned in the US simply because they were Japanese. After losing their home, family, and pet during their imprisonment, the family returns to Japan. There, they face many hardships like hunger, long workdays, homesickness, and being viewed as outsiders. They try to figure out where to make a better life for Hanako and her younger brother and must make difficult choices. The book is very well written and provides wonderful descriptions of the lives of the characters. The reader can feel their pain and their struggles.

The characters are very well developed and we get to know their feelings, fears, and hurts very well. My only complaint is that the book is very long for younger readers. Anyone ten years old and above would enjoy and benefit from learning this history and how it affected so many people. Everyone should know this history and this book tells it very well, especially how people were affected. This is a very important book.

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Author Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publish Date 2019-05-14
ISBN 9781481446648
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Issue September 2019
Category Young Adult


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