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Staff Review: Paper Wishes
Ten-year-old Manami lives a carefree life combing Bainbridge Island, Washington with her beloved grandfather and dog Yujiin. But it’s 1942, and after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor they are forced by the U.S. government, along with other Japanese Americans, to live in a one room prison camp in the California desert. Worse yet, Yujiin is forced out of Manami’s arms on their journey to the camp. Every day Manami tearfully looks for signs that Yujiin is coming back and that her Grandfather will return to his former self. A teacher at the camp helps her cope by encouraging her to express her feelings through art and gives her materials. Simply and beautifully told through Manami’s eyes, this tween historical novel with brave, likeable characters highlights this period in American history in a nonjudgmental and honest manner.