Paper Wishes

Paper Wishes

eBook - 2016
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Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn't until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can reclaim the piece of herself that she left behind and accept all that has happened to her family.
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780374302177
0374302170
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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samcmar Jun 07, 2017

I seem to be a magnet for books about young girls and their dogs. Authors who write these kinds of books and I always seem to connect instantly, and Lois Sepahban's book is not exception. Mind you, this book also focuses on the Japanese internment camps, something I admit, I knew about, but didn't entirely understand the lengths of.

This book is simple, if beautiful written. It looks at the story of a girl who is whisked away from her normal life and thrown into an internment camp due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many Japanese families are forced into these camps under levels of suspicion, but when our heroine Manami is torn away from Yujiin her dog, let's just say I bawled.

Then when other dogs started to hang about the camp, yet Manami was still dreaming of Yujiin, I bawled again.

Manami's simple narrative carries the reader through this rough historical period in a way that is very honest and quite blunt. You get a sense that her innocence has been completely lost, and all she has now to gain is experience. She's so young to have her innocence taken from her due to the threats of war, but you understand (as she does) that there is more than meets the eye in her current situation.

This book beautifully illustrates family, companionship between a girl and her dog, friendship, and it does it all in a way that is both easy, yet powerful to read. This book is so short, yet it packs such a large, hard hitting punch. It makes you come to terms with how history has a way of displacing people and making them feel like even if they are innocent of a crime, the world doesn't necessarily see it that way. I felt for Manami and her family, but mostly I spent a lot of the book just wishing and hoping that Manami and Yujiin would be reunited.

Paper Wishes is a beautiful and melancholy novel. It doesn't ask a lot of the reader, but it wants to paint the picture of displacement in a way that many can understand. I highly recommend this book if you love learning about Japanese history or you want a touching middle grade tale.

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joywolf83
Aug 09, 2016

The little girl had a fierce spirit that was smothered when forced to leave her home. However what I couldn't help but see was how people's fear repeats the same ugly mistakes.

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ransari
Jul 18, 2016

A touching and heart wrenching story that makes you want to cry with sadness and shout with joy. A girl named Manami is sent to a camp in the desert because her town is needed by the army. She tries to smuggle her dog with her, but cannot get him past security. She tries to lure her dog, named Yujiin, back to her by drawing pictures of him and sending them into the air. It gets happier towards the end, but stays slightly sad throughout.

KCLS_RobinH Apr 19, 2016

A somewhat slight book, with very simple writing, but effective in communicating to a young elementary audience the plight of Bainbridge Island Japanese families relocated to the Manzanar Resettlement Camp. Young Manami sorely misses her dog, but there is little resolve by the end of this title regarding his situation, or how her family fares.

Japanese-American Manami and her family are evacuated from Bainbridge Island and sent to Manzanar. Their dog is lost, and Manami struggles with her sadness and the new surroundings. A beautifully told story with local interest for Washington State.

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