When the Cherry Blossoms Fell

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell

Book - 2009
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Short-listed for the 2012 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award and for the 2011 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award

Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father good-bye before her birthday celebration. She doesn't know the government has ordered all Japanese-born men out of the province. Ten days later, her family joins hundreds of Japanese-Canadians on a train to the interior of British Columbia. Even though her aunt Sadie jokes about it, they have truly reached the "Land of No". There are no paved roads, no streetlights and not streetcars. The house in which they are to live is dirty and drafty. At school Michiko learns the truth of her situation. She must face local prejudice, the worst winter in forty years and her first Christmas without her father.

Publisher: Toronto : Napoleon, c2009.
ISBN: 9781894917834
Characteristics: 129 p. ;,19 cm.


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Jul 10, 2012

I do not agree with solomia at all. I am eight and this was the a very easy book to read. It has become one of my all time favourites.

branch_reviews Jun 30, 2012

Michiko is 9 years old and living in Vancouver with her parents and baby brother. Just before her birthday, her father leaves on what she thinks is another business trip. But two weeks later, the rest of the family (including her grandfather, aunt and uncle) are loaded on to a train and taken to the interior of B.C. It’s not until Michiko goes to school in the new place that she realizes why she and her family have been separated. Japanese people are considered the enemy and must be taken away from their homes. A story of how a family faces a huge challenge … together.
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Apr 27, 2012

I don't find this an easy book to read. maybe it would be better for older children. Possibly teenagers.

angiem99 Dec 12, 2011

This was a nice book about friendship. I think Michiko was very cute. I read it in my book club and I think that it was a very sweet book.

Aug 26, 2011

This is the story of nine year old Michiko Minagawa’s family in British Columbia in 1942. Michiko’s life is changed when all men are ordered out of Vancouver including her father. A week later the rest of her family packs up and leaves with hundreds of Japanese-Canadians on a train to the interior of British Columbia.

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Dec 09, 2016

E32R18 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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