Saturday, March 30, 2013

So Far from the Sea

Written by: Eve Bunting

First line: My mom and dad, my little brother Thomas and I have been driving since early morning.

Why you should read this book: An American girl of Japanese descent travels with her family to the former internment camp where their grandfather was buried during World War II, since they are moving to the east coast and will not be able to visit anymore. The pages alternate between colorful, but stark, images of the present in which the girl walks with her family through the ruins of Manzanar War Relocation Center; and crowded, black and white images of the past. The girl and her father explain to the younger brother why Japanese Americans were relocated during World War II and how to deal with the moral implications, concluding that the past is immutable and the future means moving on.

Why you should read this book: You're the type to hold a grudge.

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