The author of the critically acclaimed SO FAR FROM THE BAMBOO GROVE continues her autobiography, describing the hardships, poverty, tragedies, and struggles of life for her and her two older siblings, living as refugees in post-World War II Japan.
``What do the other girls know about being hungry, homeless, and missing someone they love so much?'' wonders the 13-year-old protagonist of this fictionalized memoir of Watkins's life as a refugee in post-WW II Japan, a sequel to So Far from the Bamboo Grove . Yoko, with her older sister and brother, lives in a clog factory warehouse and eats off wooden planks--when there is food--until the factory burns down and Yoko's sister must be hospitalized. The Kawashimas face enormous hardships: a bomb has made Yoko deaf in one ear and left her with constant back pain, and she is mercilously tormented in school for her poverty; their mother has died and their father's fate is unknown; charges are brought against them for starting the factory fire, and for murder and theft; finding something to eat requires constant struggle. But through these miseries, the three find blessed comfort in one another--and from others as down-and-out as themselves--and Yoko and her sister eventually emigrate to America. Watkins's first-person narration is beautifully direct and emotionally honest: ``I had absolutely nothing material, but I had a brother and a sister who gave me their love. They were teaching me the value of human life.'' Ages 11-up.
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Opens your eyes
Is such an eye opener and I could not stop reading this amazing book. Its even better than the first one. More more more!
I love this very well written
I really loved this book and SO FAR FROM THE BAMBOO GROVE some say it is fake but it is not it is real and if anyone has anything bad to say keep it to your self you have no idea what Yoko went through or to watch her mother die right I front of her
Amazing just like the first one!
This book is an amazing story about the continuance of the struggles during WW 2, I loved it and was touched by the Kawashima family's story! Thank you for sharing your amazing story, God bless!!