The Language Inside

The Language Inside

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375898358
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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TownleySimons
May 25, 2015

I was intrigued by the end notes and was blown away when I opened the book at home and found it was free verse. I decided to try it and in fact, couldn't put it down. The experience of a novel in verse was exciting, clever and totally enjoyable. The story charms me, and I'm recommending it to granddaughters and friends.

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DanceFiddler
Jul 30, 2013

When Emma’s mum contracts breast cancer, the whole family has to pack up and leave Japan for a year, where Emma had lived most of her life. As she struggles with homesickness, her mother’s health, and guilt (she left tsunami-swept Japan), she starts to make new friends and get involved in her new community. Utterly predictable (and worse, written in free-verse . . . not my favorite thing)—but still beautifully written. And, as any former expat knows, sharply realistic. (Searching niche-market grocery stores for ingredients for your favorite homecooked meals?—I’ve been there!)

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