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Starred Review. Grade 5-8–When Pearl Harbor is attacked, the lives of a Japanese-American girl and her family are thrown into chaos. Sumiko, 12, and her younger brother, Tak-Tak, live with their aunt and uncle, grandfather Jiichan, and adult cousins on a flower farm in Southern California. Though often busy with chores, Sumiko enjoys working with the blossoms, particularly stock, or weedflowers (fragrant plants grown in a field). In the difficult days that follow the bombing, the family members fear for their safety and destroy many of their belongings. Then Uncle and Jiichan are taken to a prison camp, and the others are eventually sent to an assembly center at a racetrack, where they live in a horse stable. When they're moved to the Arizona desert, Sumiko misses the routine of her old life and struggles with despair. New friends help; she grows a garden with her neighbor and develops a tender relationship with a Mohave boy. She learns from him that the camp is on land taken from the Mohave reservation and finds that the tribe's plight parallels that of the incarcerated Japanese Americans. Kadohata brings into play some complex issues, but they realistically dovetail with Sumiko's growth from child to young woman. She is a sympathetic heroine, surrounded by well-crafted, fascinating people. The concise yet lyrical prose conveys her story in a compelling narrative that will resonate with a wide audience.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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"Kadohata clearly and eloquently conveys her heroine's mixture of shame, anger and courage. Readers will be inspired...." -- Publishers Weekly
*Starred* "...it is a haunting story of dramatic loss and subtle triumphs." -- KLIATT
Kadohata combines impressive research and a lucent touch, bringing to life the confusion of dislocation.... -- Kirkus Spring & Summer Preview --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I think I've now read most everything Kadohata has written. As with all of her work, "Weedflower" is meticulously researched. The sense of place is palpable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PT109
Great Book! Well written in an interesting way! Excellent delivery service.Published 7 months ago by Grace
I love how affectionate the book is. I cried at the end... Wonderful!!!!! This book really inspired me.. Just beautiful!!!!Published 12 months ago by Tori Jones
I loved this book. At first I thought I wouldn't like it but it turned out to be such an amazing story of a young girl and her journey through war. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Every chapter left you wanting to read more and more. I had to read this book for school, but I'm glad I did because if not I wouldn't have found such a good read over the summer!Published 12 months ago by la la
Love the author Cynthia Kadohata. I think Kracker is a better story though! The book was a day late and a little old but it's fine.Published 14 months ago by Joanne Nichols
Great for light reading. Very simple plot. My 14 year old, who is a big reader liked it enough to finish it in three days.Published 14 months ago by Linh Smith
The ending was kinda sad:( this is the best book that I have ever read & i will read it again!Published 16 months ago by Joanie