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Kadohata,  Cynthia.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
IL 5-8

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Some families seem to live a charmed life and some seen to have no luck at all.  When Summer's Japanese American parents have to return to Japan to take care of family business, Summer and her brother Jaz stay with their grandparents.  In order to pay the mortgage, the grandparents take a job with a custom harvesting company.  And Summer and Jaz are working as well.  This is just the latest in a series of bad luck events.  As a matter of fact, Summer almost died of malaria earlier in the year.  Life is hard for migrant workers but when grandfather gets ill, it is up to 12 year old Summer to figure out a way to keep them from losing everything.

Booktalk #2

Twelve-year-old Summer is having a year of terrible luck. She gets malaria, her quirky brother Jaz, “cursed with invisibility,” cannot make any friends, and her parents are called to Japan to care for elderly relatives. The wheat harvesting season is about to begin and her parents are combine drivers. It is now up to Summer’s grandparents to take over their job, traveling from farm to farm across the Midwest operating the combines. Summer will have to help out too. She is worried. Her cantankerous grandmother has a bad back and her grandfather is showing signs of exhaustion. How much responsibility will Summer have to take on?   (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015) 

SUBJECTS:     Farm life -- Kansas -- Fiction.
                        Grandparents -- Fiction.

                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.

                        Japanese Americans -- Fiction.

                        Luck -- Fiction.
                        Kansas -- Fiction.

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