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Winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature

An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385908061
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - Suicide
Author:
Thompson, Holly
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Situations / Suicide
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Suicide
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Library binding
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
LIBRARY BOUND
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.96 x .85 in .94 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Friendship
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Suicide

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