by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Will be Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. on July 1, 2012
240 pages – ages 8-12
Skye’s family members from Japan is coming to live with her family in America (Virginia). Skye doesn’t want her Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather and Cousin (Hiroshi) to come because she really doesn’t know them at all. We also find out that Hiroshi really doesn’t want to come to America to live either. Neither kid gets what they want. Skye and Hiroshi don’t understand each other and don’t really like each other. Both kids are feeling out-of-place. Over time the kids start to realize they have some things they like to do that are the same and that they both love their Grandfather very much. The death of their Grandfather bring Skye and Hiroshi together. They find that they can work as a team and compete in the rokkaku kite flying contest at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and they both find they “fit in” at the contest.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is a very good one. I really liked the Grandfather character in the book (I wish he didn’t die). He was a very nice and wise man. I liked how I learned about the Japanese culture from this book and how different cultures act with each other. I liked learning about how even though Skye was Japanese in heritage, she really never thought about herself being Japanese (because she lived in America) and then that part of her family came and she felt like she didn’t fit in. The rokkaku kites also sound really cool too. It is definitely a book I would read again.
You can also learn more about Ms. Lorenzi over at the Emu’s Debuts blog HERE.