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Summary:

When twelve-year-old Waka's parents suspect she can't understand basic Japanese they speak to her, they make the drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Forced to say goodbye to her friends and what would have been her summer vacation, Waka is plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and flown across the globe, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime. In Japan, Waka struggles with reading and writing in kanji, doesn't quite mesh with her complicated and distant Obaasama, and gets made fun of by the students in her Japanese public-school classes. Even though this is the country her parents came from, Waka has never felt more like an outsider. If she's always been the "smart Japanese girl" in America but is now the "dumb foreigner" in Japan, where is home? And who will Waka be when she finds it?
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library J 921 BROWN (Text) 33892100728113 Children's New Books Book None 03/16/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063017115
  • ISBN: 0063017113
  • Physical Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
When twelve-year-old Waka's parents suspect she can't understand basic Japanese they speak to her, they make the drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Forced to say goodbye to her friends and what would have been her summer vacation, Waka is plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and flown across the globe, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime. In Japan, Waka struggles with reading and writing in kanji, doesn't quite mesh with her complicated and distant Obaasama, and gets made fun of by the students in her Japanese public-school classes. Even though this is the country her parents came from, Waka has never felt more like an outsider. If she's always been the "smart Japanese girl" in America but is now the "dumb foreigner" in Japan, where is home? And who will Waka be when she finds it?
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.
Subject: Brown, Waka Takahashi > Juvenile literature.
Japanese Americans > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Japanese American children > Juvenile literature.
Grandmothers > Juvenile literature.
Culture shock > Juvenile literature.
Tokyo (Japan) > Juvenile literature.
Japanese Americans.
Families.
Grandparent and child.
Chinese characters > Japan.
Tokyo (Japan)
Genre: Autobiographies.
Personal narratives.

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