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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Dallas Narrator: Lorelei King Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781427200464
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During World War II, a family finds life turned upside-down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes turn on the newcomers. Rennie has just turned thirteen and until this time, life has pretty much been predictable and fair. But the winds of change are coming, and with them, a shift in her perspective and a discovery of secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things. Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas is a riveting exploration of the darkest—and best—parts of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The sweep of the Great Plains, the tensions of World War II that rift a small community and the remarkable cast of characters are all heartbreakingly real. Margaret Coel, author of The Drowning Man

  • “A compelling and genuinely moving novel. Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Circle of Quilters

  • Sandra Dallas is a true American Voice. Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water
  • Tallgrass is a must read for every American. Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP)
  • A profoundly moving story. Bill Hosokawa, author of Nisei
  • Winner of Spur Awards - Winner, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for YALSA Amazing Audiobooks, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2007
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for WILLA Literary Award - Finalist, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 2/14/2014

    " This is a story told from the eyes of a thirteen year old girl in Colorado in the 1940's. She live near Tallgrass a Japanese internment camp. AS usual very descriptive characters and a moving story line from Sandra Dallas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2014

    " As with a lot of Sanda Dallas' books, I have a hard time getting started in these books. But then about a quarter way through they get really good. This book did have a lot of characters and it was a little confusing at first trying to keep everyone straight. But I did end up enjoying this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 1/20/2014

    " Good but "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was better since they cover the same topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Lallier | 1/19/2014

    " Actually, I listened to the audio of this wonderful tale of a Japanese Internment camp in Ellis, CO. A murder mystery, historical fiction with memorable characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/16/2014

    " I thought this was a great historical fiction on the Japanese camp in Colorado during WWII and how Americans treated the Japanese-Americans during that time. I would have given it a 5, but there were a few parts that dragged a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/16/2013

    " I listened to this book. I think the reader brought a lot to the book and the voices were distinctive. This book took me to this time and place during WWII. I think it was very well written. This book surprised me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 12/12/2013

    " read Tallgrass for my first bookclub, at the library. Some of the people thought it had some similarities to To Kill a Mockingbird.taught me something about our history that i knew little about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 11/25/2013

    " i just discovered this author. this is the second book of hers that i've read. can't wait to read more of her stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshlyn | 11/4/2013

    " A lot of sad things happen in this book. The ending doesn't leave you feeling depressed, but when you look back on it you realize there was a lot of heavy material covered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/10/2013

    " I liked the idea of how a small town adapted to having a Japanese camp nearby, but Dallas is a bit too cutesy for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sxyengtchr | 4/5/2013

    " One of the best and saddest and happiest books about Japanese internment. Told from the view point of a young teenage girl, it was one I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/17/2013

    " At first the book seemed slow, but it wasn't the book - it was me. I really enjoyed this book and once I let myself get into it, I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/2/2012

    " I really liked this book! Highly recommend it. It's set during the period when Japanese Americans were forced to live in internment camps from the view of a young girl & it's effects on the people around her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Goffard | 6/24/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the story line was interesting. Would recommend this book as a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Triss | 4/11/2012

    " I like reading Sandra Dallas's books, but they are formulaic. You can guarantee a rape or a rape murder. Hate that part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 3/17/2012

    " A glimpse into a less than fabulous part of U.S. history through the eyes of a 13 year old child. A part I don't remember being taught in school; the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Scary what fear and ignorance will drive people to do to each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Linford | 12/22/2011

    " It's not really fair for me to rate this book since I didn't read very far. I was put off by the writing early. I started and restarted a couple of times, then decided to move on. I don't think I made it past chapter 2. I concede, not a fair review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tebafin | 9/28/2011

    " I love learning about things that I never really knew even happened! This book about a small town, whose neighbor is a Japanese holding camp, struggles with prejudice, World War II, and who they are as a town.... I thought this was a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, especially the Colorado setting in the 1940's. Look forward to reading other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/18/2011

    " I had never heard about this internment camp. What an interesting story, told so well by Sandra Dallas. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kae | 5/15/2011

    " I loved this book! Totally a favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/3/2011

    " This is a book written for adults with YA appeal. I was surprised to see it had not won the Alex Award for this. I think it would be an excellent candidate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/2/2011

    " A charming quick read about the effects of a Japanese internment camp in a Colorado community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2011

    " Just finished book group of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Tallgrass is about a Japanese camp in Western Colorado. I enjoyed the connection. Author did a good job of telling the story from the view of the people of the nearby town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/30/2011

    " Select Editions Vol 4, 2007 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/26/2011

    " Really liked this story which did a good job of describing conditions for the internees at the camp. I liked the mystery component also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 4/21/2011

    " Sweet story but just too simple-minded. These people are too good to be believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 4/21/2011

    " Love Sandra Dallas! I thought this was an excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2011

    " i love finding a book on the library shelf and truly loving it. this is set in colorado during WWII. its told from the perspective aof a young girl...about her family, the town and a japanese internment camp.
    a very good read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/1/2011

    " Very informative novel about how the Japanese were treated in WWII "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Dallas

Sandra Dallas is the bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Denver and was a reporter at BusinessWeek for twenty-five years, eventually becoming the publication’s first female bureau chief. Dallas wrote a number of nonfiction works early in her career, including Gaslights and Gingerbread, Sacred Paint: Ned Jacob, and Yesterday’s Denver. She ventured into fiction writing in the 1990s, beginning with Buster Midnight’s Cafe; since then, she has gone on to write many successful novels, including True Sisters and Prayers for Sale, which were both New York Times bestsellers. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages, and she was dubbed a “quintessential American voice” by Vogue magazine. Dallas lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado with her husband, Bob.

About the Narrator

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.