Orchards

Orchards

by Holly Thompson
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Orchards by Holly Thompson

Winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

After a classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg—a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American—wonders who is responsible. She and her cliquey friends said some thoughtless things to the girl. Hoping that Kana will reflect on her behavior, her parents pack her off to her mother's ancestral home in Japan for the summer. There Kana spends hours under the hot sun tending to her family's mikan orange groves.
Kana's mixed heritage makes it hard to fit in at first, especially under the critical eye of her traditional grandmother, who has never accepted Kana's father. But as the summer unfolds, Kana gets to know her relatives, Japan, and village culture, and she begins to process the pain and guilt she feels about the tragedy back home. Then news about a friend sends her world spinning out of orbit all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385739771
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

HOLLY THOMPSON was raised in New England, earned her B.A. in biology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in English from New York University. A long-time resident of Japan, she teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University.

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iCarlyGleek More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days and I was truly impressed! I could not put it down! I absolutely love verse/poetry books and this one has to be one of my favorites! Highly recommended! :)