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After a classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg—a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American—wonders who is responsible. She and her cliquey friends said some thoughtless things to the girl. Hoping that Kana will reflect on her behavior, her parents pack her off to her mother's ancestral home in Japan for the summer. There Kana spends hours under the hot sun tending to her family's mikan orange groves.

Kana's mixed heritage makes it hard to fit in at first, especially under the critical eye of her traditional grandmother, who has never accepted Kana's father. But as the summer unfolds, Kana gets to know her relatives, Japan, and village culture, and she begins to process the pain and guilt she feels about the tragedy back home. Then news about a friend sends her world spinning out of orbit all over again.

Synopsis:

Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

About the Author

HOLLY THOMPSON was raised in New England, earned her B.A. in biology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in English from New York University. A long-time resident of Japan, she teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375898341
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Author:
Thompson, Holly
Author:
McFerrin, Grady
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Suicide
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - United States - Asian A
Subject:
Social Issues - Suicide
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Situations / Suicide
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Suicide
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20110222
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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