Sunday, August 3, 2014


Weedflower is by Cynthia Kadohata. Sumiko and her brother live with their uncle and his family after the death of their parents. The family grows flowers to sell in the California flower markets. She is twelve in December of 1941 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. The story follows their family as they are interned in a camp in Poston, Arizona. The camp is on land taken from the Mohave reservation and the Native Americans aren't happy with the new arrivals. As Sumiko befriends a young Mohave boy, she discovers the plight of the Japanese is similar to that of the Native Americans.

Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10.

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