Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?
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Kirby Larson does it again! Larson has the uncanny ability to find a fresh perspective on a well covered period of time. In her latest novel, Dash, Kirby Larson brings a new voice to the World War II discussion. A story often left untold in American history is that of the Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Larson introduces Mitsi Kashino and her family as they are caught up in the anti-Japanese sentiment that spread across the United States. As Mitsi returns to school after the New Year, she finds herself alone. Separated by her friends and classmates at school, Mitsi finds comfort in her dog Dash and an unlikely neighbor. Soon Mitsi and her family are forced into an incarceration camp. Leaving everything they owned behind, Mitsi is forced to leave Dash with her friendly neighbor. With the help of the neighbor and a surprise twist, Mitsi remains in contact with Dash. Even in the hardest of times, Dash's letters bring hope that the war will end and life can return...
The Newbery Honor writer has nailed it again. This is a charming mid-grade book that teaches upper elementary students about the Japanese internment using the dog Dash who had to be left behind. Highly recommended.
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