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Larson, Kirby.
New York : Scholastic, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 3.2
ISBN 0545416353

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

The attack of Japan on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii changed the lives of Americans forever. Mitisue “Mitsi” Kashino is 10 years old and living in Seattle, Washington.  She is second generation Japanese American, or “Nisei” in Japanese.   She experiences the injustice and cruelty of treatment of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants following the attack on Pearl Harbor when the fear of the invasion and attack of the west coast of the United States loomed as a possibility.  Mitsi is bullied by neighborhood boys and dropped from her circle of friends.   The situation becomes much worse when her family along with other Japanese and Japanese Americans are sent away to relocation camps in the spring of 1942.  They must give up their homes, and bring only what they can carry to the camp.   Mitsi also learns that she will not be able to take her beloved dog  Dash along with her to the camp.   Based on the true story of Mitsue Shiraishi and her dog Chubby, this book is a personal look back in time exploring the true meaning of friendship both human and canine.   (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #2

After Pearl Harbor, Mitzi notices people begin treating her differently because she and her family are Japanese Americans. Before long, her family is forced to leave their home behind, only taking what they can carry. That means she can't take her beloved dog, Dash, with her because of the "No Pets Allowed" rule. Mitzi leaves Dash with a neighbor who writes letters from "Dash" to Mitzi while she's gone. Life changes for the family at the internment camp as they live in crowded conditions. Will she and her family still be close at the end of the war and will Mitzi be allowed to see Dash again? To find out, read Dash by Kirby Larson.(Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Puyallup Assembly Center (Puyallup, Wash.) -- Fiction.
                        Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Washington (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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