2003 Newbery Award winner by Cynthia Kadahata. Disturbing book for younger students--thoughtful portrayal for those ready to read at this level.
This is a very well written, Newberry Award winning book. Be prepared to know that it is a sad story.
This book is a wonderfully written story of life for an immigrant Japanese family in the 1950s/60s. The tight bond between the two sisters is a central theme of the book. It is a wonderful book that I, as a parent, enjoyed reading.
For the age range recommended, there were a few things that I, as a parent, would want to know: there are some basic swear words/phrases used in it. A handful at most through the whole book. Also, there are references to a vague description of french kissing and reference to the noises involved in making babies (when the little brother is born). These are all within context of the story, however every parent knows what is or isn't ok for their child.