53 pages 1 hour read

Cynthia Kadohata


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2004

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Essay Topics


How is the bias endured by this Japanese American family similar to that experienced by Black Americans in the 1950s American South? How is it different?


Why did the author not address subjects like World War II and the Japanese American internment camps, despite the fact that these would have been a fact of life for Katie’s parents?


Compare Lynn and Katie’s white friends, Amber and Silly. How are Amber and Silly similar to and different from each other? How are the two friendships distinct and what do they have in common? Why does Amber abandon her friendship with Lynn?