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A Japanese American family reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing look at the aftermath of World War II by Newbery Medalist Cynthia KadohataWorld War II has ended but while America has won the war twelve year old Hanako feels lost To her the world and her world seems irrevocably broken America the only home she’s ever known imprisoned then rejected her and her family and thousands 45 stars A wonderful historical story about a family that is forced to return to Japan after World War II when main character Hana's parents give up their American citizenship in response to their terrible treatment at the hands of the government The family returns to small farm outside of Hiroshima where Hana’s grandparents are tenant farmers Her grandparents are both kind and charming and Hana bonds uickly with themThere iare widespread food shortages and people injured in the nuclear bomb are begging and struggling for food The black market is thriving and Hana’s father gets involved with it to help find food and other items for all of themThis is both a painful and warm story The suffering of everyone in the aftermath of the destruction of Hiroshima as well as the constant hunger of Hana and her whole family and their shameful treatment by the US post Pearl Harbour provide the constant dark undercurrent to the beautiful relationships that develop between Hana and her grandmother and grandfather

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A Place to BelongOf other innocent Americans because of their Japanese heritage because Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor Hawaii Japan the country they’ve been forced to move to the country they hope will be the family’s saving grace where they were supposed to start new and better lives is in shambles because America dropped bombs of their own one on Hiroshima unlike any other in history And Hanako’s grandparents live in a small village just outside the ravaged city The country is starving the black markets run rampant and countless orphans beg for food A Place to Belong wasn't Cynthia Kadohata's first novel about the internment camps for Japanese Americans in World War II Weedflower published thirteen years earlier takes us into an internment camp as seen from the perspective of a girl named Sumiko; A Place to Belong begins after twelve year old Hanako Tachibana and her family are released from four years of involuntary internment Hanako and her five year old brother Akira were born and raised in the United States but their lives were upended after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 Mama and Papa had worked hard to provide a comfortable life for their children with Papa starting a successful restaurant but everything changed when President Franklin Roosevelt ordered that all people in the US of Japanese descent be rounded up and confined More than a hundred thousand were held against their will for years; Hanako watched the stress prematurely age her parents as they went from having financial security to being destitute Now it is 1946; World War II is over and Roosevelt has passed away but the government still distrusts Japanese Americans Hanako's parents are among many to voluntarily renounce their US citizenship and accept deportation to Japan but after losing the war Japan is bankrupt and full of uncertainty Does the Land of the Rising Sun have anything to offer the Tachibana family? Emigrating across the ocean is weeks of torment for Hanako who experiences perpetual seasickness in a ship crammed with passengers The voyage seems eternal but eventually Hanako and her family end up in Japan on a train headed into the nation's rural interior She knows the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima but Hanako isn't prepared for the devastation she witnesses from the train How did one bomb destroy so much? Many of the Japanese Americans pressured to waive their citizenship have nowhere to go but Papa's mother and father are tenement farmers in a village untouched by the atomic bomb; he knows they will gladly house his family Hanako and Akira have never met their jiichan and baachan but from first sight the little old man and woman exude unfailing love for their grandchildren Jiichan and Baachan have a worn out house and they lack food but everything is happily shared with their son's family Decades of harsh farm labor has not treated Jiichan and Baachan well but they are overjoyed to add members to their household Every area of the Tachibanas' new life is difficult Already small for his age Akira needs better nutrition than his grandparents can afford and even after Papa gets a job it isn't enough to feed a pair of growing children Hanako's braided hair and purple coat—all that remains of her family's affluence prior to Pearl Harbor—make her a target of resentment at school Hanako's final years in the US were awful but here she sees kids who endured agony beyond her capacity to imagine A boy named Kiyoshi wanders the streets with his little sister Mimi in search of food; always on the brink of starvation the search encompasses every moment of his life and he regards Hanako bitterly for her family's privilege meager as it is Kiyoshi's family died from atomic radiation after the Hiroshima bomb; he watched his mother horrifically disfigured from the attack lay down and die her broken body simply switching itself off Kiyoshi suffered severe burns all over but Hanako nonetheless feels drawn to him Should she give him rice when he begs even if it means Akira won't eat tonight? Can Japan ever be a proper home for Hanako and Akira? Hanako's family struggles as days weeks and months pass but she dreads the solution her parents are contemplating What will she do if she and Akira are forced to say goodbye to Mama and Papa and leave Japan? Maybe sometimes you just had to go out into the world and trust what would happen You had to trust that the

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Free eBook ï ePub A Place to Belong ç 9781481446648 ð A Japanese American family reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing look at the aftermath of World War II bOn the streets but how can Hanako help them when there is not even enough food for her own brother? Hanako feels she could crack under the pressure but just because something is broken doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed Cracks can make room for gold her grandfather explains when he tells her about the tradition of kintsukuroi fixing broken objects with gold lacuer making them stronger and beautiful than ever As she struggles to adjust to find her place in a new world Hanako will find that the gold can come in many forms and family may be he Five stars for being a book like no other I've ever read Five stars for an unflinching portrayal of the human level destruction the American government caused in the lives of Japanese Americans duringafter WWII This was not an easy book to read This part of American history is so very shameful I admire Cynthia Kadohata for trusting me to infer the meaning of the Japanese words she used and then remember them the next time but I really wished for a glossary I could notcannot wrap my head around the Japanese world view portrayed in the bookbut that's exactly why we need books that are windows