There's a more recent YA novel about the Aleut forced relocations that I'd thought about getting my daughter for Christmas, but I changed my mind after reading reviews about how inaccurate that book is. One of the reviewers recommended this book to me instead.
I'm so glad! This is exactly what my daughter will love! She already wanted to know more about the Japanese internments, so I've also got her a YA about that, "Journey to Topaz" by Yoshiko Uchida. This is a perfect companion, and also for itself. I love its poetry. I know my daughter will too. She's just a kid, but she's alert to the horrors in the world. She wants the truth about them, but she also wants to know how to respond with strength and hope, like the girls in these books do.
(P.S. The other book I decided against is "Kiska" by John Smelcer. Very dishonest!)
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#184,166 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#63 in Native American Stories for Children
#877 in Historical Fiction for Children
#896 in Children's Native American Books
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Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2010
This is a story set in a poetic way of an Aleutian girl and the internment of the Aleutian people during World War II. You know the devastation of the spirit, the death of the friends and family, the horror of being relocated to a strange land where your people, who are proud and have survived many generation of hardship, don't know how to survive. Many die, and many find a way to live. When they return to their homes, the military has looted and/or destroyed everything. This shows the horror that happened to the Aleutian people at the hands of the country that was to protect them. It is a piece of U.S. and World War II history that is rarely spoken about, and is not in history books. Even the Alaskan History books we use in our classrooms only have a small square dedicated to this tragedy. This is a very good book. Even my third grade class enjoyed it.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2018
Oh goodness, I hate to say I dislike it but my goodness it is choppy, poorly written, no contextual descriptions. Its like reading missing pages from a diary that has a language barrier. Its really terrible.
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2016
I love Karen Hesse books. I've always been the type to never pick up a book or never finish them but with her books I want to read more. I go to college and we have to do book reports and this has been my fourth book report and this is my third one I have done book reports on of Karen's books. Plan on reading more of her books over the summer.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2015
Aleutian Sparrow presents a heartfelt accounting through the voice of a teenage girl about a challenging time in the history of the world, and the relocation of the Aleut villagers from their island homes in 1942. The story illustrates the power of community and cultural identity. Written with vivid imagery, the natural environment is a formidable protagonist in this story of love, war, racism and spiritual strength.
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2015
Sad past of US. Interesting that another whole culture is wiped out by being "saved" from war through moving entire towns out of harms way into alienation. War is murder in so many forms. Descriptive poetics of human trials.
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