Sepahban, Lois Paper Wishes, 192 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Manami’s family has gathered up and sent to the Manzanar Relocation Camp in California during World War II. Their crime - being Japanese. Everyone in the family is having a hard time adjusting to their life in limbo. There is very little to occupy their time each day and it is almost impossible to find any beauty and every space is overcrowded with too many people. Manami has lost her words and even the love of her family may not be enough to help her get them back.
I’m glad that even more people are speaking out about their experiences in America during World War II. Sepahban doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the discussion, but she does describe a poignant scene to the narrative.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher