Title:Dust of Eden
Author: Mariko Nagai
Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade
Pages: 121 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION NAGAI, M.
Synopsis:”Thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years”– Provided by publisher.
I am an avid fantasy reader, but this book caught my attention while I was fixing shelves. I highly recommend this book as it takes a look at a subject that is not really talked about. It is told in verse so it is a short read, but does a great job of showing Mina’s feelings. After reading about this family’s experience I want to do some research and actually read some nonfiction books to learn more. I feel that if a class is learning about World War II, that this is a good book that can be brought in as a different look World War II. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata, A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice and Dash by Kirby Larson are other fiction books that cover Japanese-American Internment camps.