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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Kadohata Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to.

That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor. Other Americans start to suspect that all Japanese people are spies for the emperor, even if, like Sumiko, they were born in the United States! As suspicions grow, Sumiko and her family find themselves being shipped to an internment camp in one of the hottest deserts in the United States. The vivid color of her previous life is gone forever, and now dust storms regularly choke the sky and seep into every crack of the military barrack that is her new home.

Sumiko soon discovers that the camp is on an Indian reservation and that the Japanese are as unwanted there as they'd been at home. But then she meets a young Mohave boy who might just become her first real friend, if he can ever stop being angry about the fact that the internment camp is on his tribe's land.

With searing insight and clarity, Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong. Weedflower is the story of the rewards and challenges of a friendship across the racial divide, as well as the based-on-real-life story of how the meeting of Japanese Americans and Native Americans changed the future of both. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grandma | 2/10/2014

    " The story of a young girl from Seattle at an Arizona Japanese Internment camp. Topics are prejudice, growing up, Indians, stock flowers, gardening, family relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Isabel | 2/8/2014

    " This book is also about WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/3/2014

    " A young, Japanese-American girl is sent to an internment camp in Arizona during WWII and learns how to survive and thrive in hot, awful conditions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terrah | 1/23/2014

    " This book was a little 'younger' than I prefer to read, but it was interesting. It was nice to see another perspective since I recently read another book on this topic-- Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas. "

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