Academic journal article Language Arts

Dash

Academic journal article Language Arts

Dash

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Dash Written by Kirby Larson Scholastic, 2014, 256 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-41635-1

Larson's well-researched historical novel focuses on the Japanese American internment camps established by the federal government in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing. In early January, 1942, protagonist Mitsi Kashino, based on the real-life Mitsi Shiraishi, hoped, "Things might be better, now that more time had passed. Maybe there'd be an end to the mean notes in her desk" (p. 1). Her family had already burned their Japanese books and scroll paintings, like their neighbors. But Mitsi's closest friends continue to reject her because of her heritage, while community shops and restaurants put up signs refusing service. Soon, Mitsi and her family are relocated to Camp Harmony. Unable to bring along her dog Dash, Mitsi leaves him in the care of Mrs. Bowker, a sympathetic European American neighbor. Mitsi's family confronts challenges and indignities as they adjust to camp life. …

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