Dallas, Sandra Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky, 237 pgs. Sleeping Bear Press, 2014. $9.99 Content: PG.
Tomi lives with her mother and father and two brothers on a strawberry farm in California during World War II. One day the FBI comes and takes her father away. Shortly after Tomi and her family are relocated to Santa Anita and then sent to Colorado to a Japanese Internment Camp called Tallgrass. Tomi spends three years at the camp and learns a lot about what it means to her and her family to be American.
This is a simple introduction to what happened in Japanese Interment Camps. Although the character’s voice seems young, she is in the ninth grade for the bulk of the book. The book raises a lot of honest questions that Japanese Americans had during this time in our history and the author does a great job of making the reader understand. The content is clean enough that it’s easy to recommend.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.