The language inside

by Thompson, Holly.

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Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother's breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma's heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.
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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 Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Cancer Juvenile fiction
Families Massachusetts Juvenile fiction
Tsunamis Juvenile fiction
Moving, Household Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Cancer Fiction
Family life Massachusetts Fiction
Tsunamis Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Massachusetts Juvenile fiction.
Japan Juvenile fiction.
Massachusetts Fiction.
Japan Fiction.
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Publisher New York :Random House Children's Books2013
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780375898358
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