My Brother, My Sister and I

My Brother, My Sister and I

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by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister live in abject poverty in Japan at the end of World War II. When the clog factory warehouse they call home is destroyed by fire, their lives become even more desperate, particularly when Yoko's sister, Ko, is injured and must be hospitalized and her brother, Hideyo, is accused of murder. "Beautifully direct and

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Thirteen-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister live in abject poverty in Japan at the end of World War II. When the clog factory warehouse they call home is destroyed by fire, their lives become even more desperate, particularly when Yoko's sister, Ko, is injured and must be hospitalized and her brother, Hideyo, is accused of murder. "Beautifully direct and emotionally honest."--Publishers Weekly, starred review.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW's starred review praised this fictionalized memoir of a refugee childhood in post-WWII Japan as "beautifully direct and emotionally honest." Ages 11-up. (Apr.)
Hazel Rochman
In the fictionalized autobiography "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" (1986), Yoko and her Japanese family escape from the Communist takeover in North Korea at the end of World War II and finally reach Kyoto, Japan, only to find themselves unwelcome there. This sequel has the same quiet honesty about ordinary people caught up in terrible times. Yoko's first-person narrative tells of a once secure middle-class child now homeless, hungry, and in danger. Mother is dead; 13-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister struggle together to survive in Kyoto, scavenging for scraps, working at anything they can find, even cleaning toilets. Father is a prisoner somewhere; the hope of his return is like a heartbeat in everything they do. Driven from their warehouse home by fire, they find themselves accused of arson and murder, and they help the police solve the murder mystery. However, the core of the story is not the big events, but the family drama and the home the young people make together, whether in a shack or a hospital room. Their loving bonds are strong, but they're also irritable and nervy. Yoko hates her sister's bossiness, especially the insistence that Yoko go to school. The school scenes are brutal: the rich students torment Yoko as an outsider; even when she graduates with top honors, they don't want her in the class photo. Yet Watkins doesn't indulge in self-pity. Except for some occasional overwriting ("I sighed sadly"), the violent suffering is treated with restraint, as in the unforgettable vignette of a scarred atom-bomb survivor who dies an outcast. The climax builds to Father's return, and his homecoming is described with the intense understatement that characterizes the best parts of this compelling story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027925265
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.57(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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My Brother, My Sister, and I 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has alot of intense momments and keeps the reader glued to the book . When I read it , I didn't put the book down !! Also I am a BIG fan of Yoko Kawashima Watkins
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Brother, My Sister, and I is a outstanding book. It has action and drama and even some mystery! I'm not really a reading type of person but when I started this book I could NOT put it down! I was excellent. This book is a sequel to So Far From The Bamboo Grove and that was just as good as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!! I totally recommend this book! The author Yoko is coming to my school soon and we just finished reading So Far from the Bamboo Grove and its also a wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yoko and her siblings story is both inspiring and mezmerizing! I actually met Yoko when she came to my school, she was the nicest lady ever! It's a really good sequel to So Far From the Bamboo Grove. And a must read!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved So Far From The Bambo Grove. We read it in class. Yoko is now 79 and she came to our school and talked about her life. I can't wait to read this book. BN needs to get So Far From The Bambo Grove ebook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first book and cant wait to read this one.Its so amazing she went through all this trouble!A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read her first book, 'So Far From the Bamboo Grove' for school and so did my sister when she was in the eight grade. I really liked that book. In some places it was funny, in others it almost made me cry, like when Mother died. Shes coming to visit my school soon and i cant wait. I want to see if this book is better than her last. LONG LIVE YOKO KAWASHIMA WATKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~Claudia
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!! But So Far From the Bamboo Grobe is gteat too. I just think you should read it if your in 6th grade and up!
Sandy Lee More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book! Its about a korean family living durjng world war ll and also whats so ironic is that this is a book i have to read and im also korean!! Yea korean people are beast! And a factoid to those that dont know where the koreas are, irs between japan and china and the land is included in the continent of asia. If you still dont kniw what i'm talking about, then..............look it up. Its really not that hard to imagine where the koreas are and korea is divided into north korea and south korea so people call it the koreas or say north/south korea..... i hope this is good info for those who read this book!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read. I usually hate reading but this book just made me want to read more and more about yoko, KO and Hideyo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hideyo, Ko, and Yoko's bravery is remarkable and inspiring. Watkins' first person narrative gives life to war-torn and postwar Japan. Many of Yoko's father's sayings are still good advice today. The emotions and vividness of this novel are overwhelming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Brother my sister and I is a great story. I would recomend this book to 5th graders and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. I so admired Yoko's courage, humbleness, and work ethic. I could not put this book down, and I'm 23. I highly recommend it for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT ACTION PACKED story of survival and courage. You'll never want to put it down.