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Forced to move with her family to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-American Mitsi mourns her separation from her dog and tries to keep up with the outside world with the help of a neighbor back home.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545416351
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 19, 2021

Exceptional book. Even though the real life situation may be difficult for some children to read. Use of Dash the dog, who is based on a true story, adds charm and makes the story easier for young readers.

Ever since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor most of the kids have been ignoring Mitsi Kashino, and even leaving cruel notes on her desk. Don't they remember that she was born in Seattle just like they were? Mitsi is heartbroken, but at least she still has her dog Dash to confide in. Then the word comes that Mitsi's family must be evacuated from their home for an unknown amount of time. Worst of all, she finds out that Dash can't come with her. What will happen to Mitzi and her family? What will happen to Dash? This is based on a true story. — Mary S., Eden Prairie Library

Jan 05, 2019

I haven't read many historical fiction books for MG age readers, but I have read dozens -- hundreds?-- of dog books. Couldn't pass this one up because of the cover. Living in Seattle also made this appealing since the novel starts out as set in Seattle in the middle 1940's. While I've read books about holocaust survivors (Diary of Anne Frank, anyone?) I haven't read much about internment camps in the USA post-Pearl Harbor, so this account was intriguing. Well written.

Mar 02, 2018

The plot needs more detail, and more depth. For example, when she first sees an acquaintance stealing, she hangs onto the fact rather than telling an adult. This causes her later problems to be bigger than they would've been with someone to help her carry the burden. I find it hard to believe that she wouldn't have asked for help dealing with problems that were awfully big for a kid.

Also, there were parts of the plot that were introduced and then just left hanging. An example of that is how angry she got about some of the kids agreeing to take a message to someone in the camp, and even accepting a tip for it, but never actually delivering the message. Yet she does just that. Granted that something rather jarring happens before she completed the errand, but after she was all right, she never got back to delivering the message for which she had accepted a tip. No explanation. It felt like the author didn't even notice.

Finally, when her biggest problem was resolved, and also her next-to-biggest, it seemed to happen so casually that it didn't fit with the drama and hurt feelings of the first 80% of the novel. I think in real life neither of the resolutions would have happened, and she would have to learn to live with the pain and the loss as did everyone who was imprisoned unjustly as she was.

Perhaps I shouldn't compare it to anything else, but I keep thinking of "Farewell to Manzanar", how well-written it is, how full of details that help the reader really see the camp and the effects of the camp on the family.

ChristchurchLib Oct 27, 2014

"After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Mitsi and her Japanese American family are forced to move to an internment camp, leaving their home -- and Mitsi's beloved dog, Dash -- behind. A neighbour agrees to foster Dash, and the letters that Mitsi receives "from Dash" give her courage despite the fear and hardships she faces during her family's imprisonment. For further heartwarming letters between a dog and a human who are separated by World War II, check out Duke, also by Kirby Lawson; for more stories of Japanese American internment camps, try Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower." Kids' Books October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/965fdc34-a334-470a-b762-c1b8e02d058e?postId=e10f2a09-b2a3-4420-9dbc-b7446cedba19


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