The language inside

by Thompson, Holly,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA THOMPSON Holly
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
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Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F THOMPSON
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
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Whitehall Public Library Teen Fiction YA Thompson
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A nuanced novel in verse that explores identit, friendship, love, loss, and home in a multicultural world.

For Emma Karas, Japan is home. It is where she has lived almost her entire life. But when her mother falls ill, Emma's family moves in with her grandmother, back in Massachusetts. Emma is desperately homesick. She feels out of place in the U.S. and starts to get painful migraines. Then Emma begins volunteering at a long-term care center, helping a patient, Zena, write down her poems. There, Emma meets Samnang, a cute boy from her high school. As the weeks pass, Emma and Samnang grow close. But when Emma is given the choice, will she stay in Massachusetts, or return home to Japan?

An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year
A Notable Books for a Global Society Selection
A Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

"With beautiful languageĀ and deep sensitivity, Holly Thompson explores the courage it takes to find your own voice." --Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award finalist Never Fall Down

"Pulsing with pain and passion, with humor , heart , and hope ." --Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know and To Be Perfectly Honest

* "Thompson captures perfectly the feeling of belonging elsewhere. A sensitive and compelling read that will inspire teens to contemplate how they can make a difference." -- School Library Journal , Starred

"Thompson nimbly braids political tragedy, natural disaster, PTSD, connections among families, and a cautious, quiet romance into an elegant whole. This is an artistic picture of devastation, fragility, bonds and choices." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Thompson, working in a free-verse style that becomes a seamless piece of a world imbued with poetry, weaves [the plot strands] together skillfully. The result is a touching portrait of Emma working through loss and opportunity as Lowell becomes not just "not-Japan," but the site of new connections and a possible romance ." -- Publishers Weekly

"The vivid imagery in the lyrical free verse lends immediacy to Emma's turbulent feelings. Readers will finish the book knowing that, like Zena, the Cambodian refugees, and the tsunami victims, Emma has the strength to 'a hundred times fall down / a hundred and one times get up.'" -- The Horn Book Magazine

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Emma has lived in Japan nearly all of her life and spoke Japanese before she spoke English. But when Emma's mother develops breast cancer, her parents choose to move to Massachusetts for medical care, and Emma finds herself entering high school in a completely foreign world. With a little pushing from her grandmother, Emma becomes a volunteer poetry helper at a long-term care center. Another volunteer, a boy named Samnang, becomes Emma's first American friend. A number of story lines emerge, but the fluid nature of this novel's free verse allows these subplots to mesh together like a series of linked poems. Thompson beautifully conveys Emma's Japanese sensibilities in the structure of the verses. For example, Emma often expresses herself through silence, conveyed through well-placed breaks. Interspersed throughout are poems that Emma finds, which Thompson references in an appendix. Like Ron Koertge's Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2003), the appeal of poetry slips easily into the flow of this story.--Colson, Diane Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Raised in Japan, Emma Karas feels more Japanese than American, and her family's move to a town outside Lowell, Mass., has left her displaced. Her father's away working, her grandmother cooks bland American food, and her mother's about to have surgery for breast cancer, which is why they're there in the first place. Fifteen-year-old Emma feels guilty for leaving Japan so soon after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and with all of this stress, she's started having migraines. Thompson lives in Japan, and her last book, Orchards, also dealt with cross-cultural complexities. At first, all the strands seem like too much: Emma also volunteers at a long-term care center, helping a woman with locked-in syndrome write poetry, and befriends half-Cambodian Samnang, a fellow volunteer. But Thompson, working in a free-verse style that becomes a seamless piece of a world imbued with poetry, weaves them together skillfully. The result is a touching portrait of Emma working through loss and opportunity as Lowell becomes not just "not-Japan," but the site of new connections and a possible romance. Ages 12-up. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Novels in verse.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Cancer -- Fiction.
Families -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
Tsunamis -- Fiction.
Massachusetts -- Fiction.
Japan -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 521 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780385739795 (hc)
0385739796 (hc)
9780385908078 (glb)
0385908075 (glb)
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