When the Cherry Blossoms Fell

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Dundurn, Mar 27, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 129 pages
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Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father goodbye before her birthday celebration. She doesn't know the government has ordered all Japanese-born men out of the province. Ten days later, her family joins hundreds of Japanese-Canadians on a train to the interior of British Columbia. Even though her aunt Sadie jokes about it, they have truly reached the "Land of No." There are no paved roads, no streetlights and no streetcars. The house in which they are to live is dirty and drafty. Michiko is puzzled and angry as to why her mother expects her to be grateful for this vacation. Michiko's uncle Ted finds work building wooden houses in the nearby orchard. Michiko, seeing the plans, can't understand two families in one house. Edna Morrison, a good-hearted town person, enrolls Michiko in the local school. Her teacher changes her name to Millie Gawa. It is here she learns the truth of her situation. George, a local bully informs them all of the country's "Japanese Problem." But another boy, Clarence, covers her true identity by declaring her to be a Kootenay Indian. Michiko's deceit, however, comes back to haunt her when it prevents her from warning her grandfather about bears roaming the road. She must face the worse winter in forty years and her first Christmas without her father. But will she face up to her true heritage?
 

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User Review  - kimbykunishige - LibraryThing

This book had a good story line. About a young girl named Michiko who is forced to leave her home and flee to another part of Canada due to racial discrimination towards Japanese during WWII. While ... Read full review

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Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father good-bye before her birthday celebration. She doesn't know the government has ordered all Japanese-born men out of the province. Ten days later, her ... Read full review

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Contents

One March 1942
1
Two Blackout
9
Three Only Ten Days
17
Four The Locomotive
24
Five Be Grateful
32
Six Houses in Ihe Orchard
39
Seven Family Photographs
48
Eight School in Town
56
Nine A Boat Called Apple
64
Ten Carpenter Creek
71
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Jennifer Maruno early made her mark with award-winning educational materials for a Toronto area School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education, as well as a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada. For TVO's Mathica's Mathshop, Jennifer received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award. After retirement as an elementary school principal, Jennifer published short stories for a variety of children's magazines in Canada, Britain and the United States.

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