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Author: Cynthia Kadohata
My uncle was exactly one inch taller than my father. But his stomach was soft. We knew this because we hit him in it once the year before, and he yelped in pain and threatened to spank us. We got sent to bed without supper because my parents said hitting someone was the worst thing you could do. Stealing was second, and lying was third. — Before ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439799416
ISBN-10: 0439799414
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 244
Edition: First
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
2003 Newbery Award winner by Cynthia Kadahata. Disturbing book for younger students--thoughtful portrayal for those ready to read at this level.
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Helpful Score: 4
Another good Newbery winner, this is the story of Japanese children Katie and her older sister Lynn, second generation Japanese-Americans born in Iowa whose family later moved to Georgia. It is a simple story, told from young Katie's point of view, of two young minority girls trying to fit in a white world in the 50's and 60's. Their parents work hard to afford a house of their own, and when Lynn becomes seriously ill the toll on the family is even harder, and Katie has to grow up pretty fast.
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Helpful Score: 3
Such a nicely written family story. Full of raw emotion. Very good read for middle schoolers and even adults.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very well written, Newberry Award winning book. Be prepared to know that it is a sad story.
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This book is a wonderfully written story of life for an immigrant Japanese family in the 1950s/60s. The tight bond between the two sisters is a central theme of the book. It is a wonderful book that I, as a parent, enjoyed reading.

For the age range recommended, there were a few things that I, as a parent, would want to know: there are some basic swear words/phrases used in it. A handful at most through the whole book. Also, there are references to a vague description of french kissing and reference to the noises involved in making babies (when the little brother is born). These are all within context of the story, however every parent knows what is or isn't ok for their child.
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