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I was impressed with the story I found in this book. Before reading it, I wasn't expecting such a dramatic story. Now that it is over, I wish there was a sequel!
Rinko is a young, Japanese girl
. She lives in California with her parents and two brothers. There are two important parts of American History that are hurting Rinko's life. First, it's the Depression, and lack of money. Secondly, and more painful to Rinko: it's how the Japanese are hated among people.
This summertime story brings out and shows meaningful changes in Rinko's life, and how she things about the world around her.
I really recommend reading this book!
 

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Great book

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Rinko is growing up in 1935 California. She believes that America is supposed to be the land of the free. However, she doesn't feel like she belongs here even if she was born here. She is not proud of her Japanese heritage because kids at school make fun of her, call her names and make her feel like an outsider. Then her Aunt Waka comes to spend the summer with her. It is her aunt who makes her father stand up to a bully, and decide to sell his business and start the business that he has always dreamed of having. It is his aunt who has, with the help of her Uncle Kanda, convinced her brother to continue with his college and encouraged her to reach for her own dream.
For such a small book this had such a powerful message. I really enjoyed the way Waka showed Rinko that she should be proud of who she is no matter where she is. I am sorry I waited so long to get around to this book it was really a great one.
 

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I think this book is great for fourth or third grade readers. It doesn't use very fancy words but it's a long book to read. Otherwise, I liked it.

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This book was painfully terrible.

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