Dear America: The Fences Between Us by Kirby LarsonDear America: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

Dear America: The Fences Between Us

byKirby Larson

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

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One fateful day in December 1941, Piper Davis awaits news of her brother, a soldier on the battleship Arizona stationed in Pearl Harbor. As explosions rule the earth and sky, Piper wonders what will become of her brother-and of her life in Seattle as rationing and blackouts take hold. Soon Piper is greeted by another grim reality-the internment of her Japanese American neighbors.

Piper's father, a pastor for a Japanese Baptist church, decides to follow his congregants when they are sent to an internment camp, bringing Piper along with him. She resents being uprooted, but as World War II rages, she learns about the harsh and heartbreaking realities of war, and begins to understand what it means to be a good citizen and a strong person.

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky. She is also the author of Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival; Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt; and Marine & a Miracle, as well as the award-winning picture book The Magic Kerchief. When she's not reading, writing, or...
Title:Dear America: The Fences Between UsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 7.64 × 5.42 × 1.04 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545224187

ISBN - 13:9780545224185

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Moving The story is very moving about a young girl learning to be strong in the face of opposition. She learns about doing what's right instead of what's easy. The story is just one of many examples of what happens when people allow fear to take hold.
Date published: 2014-10-11

Read from the Book

From Dear America: The Fences Between UsTen days since the attack. I feel like we are a shadow family. Our bodies are moving around to all the places we're supposed to go-Margie to college, me to school, Pop to church-doing all the things we're supposed to do, saying the usual things like, "Yes, school was good today," "I got an A on that Chem lab," or "Please pass the salt." But our real family is in the shadows, frozen in time and hanging on to every scrap of hope, while we wait, wait, wait to hear about Hank.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear America"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history." -Publishers Weekly"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations.... A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." -Children's Book Review Service"Engaging, accessible historical fiction." -SLJ"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." -Chicago Tribune