Dash

Dash

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When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545416351
0545416353
Characteristics: 243 pages ;,22 cm

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miaone
Mar 02, 2018

The plot needs more detail, and more depth. For example, when she first sees an acquaintance stealing, she hangs onto the fact rather than telling an adult. This causes her later problems to be bigger than they would've been with someone to help her carry the burden. I find it hard to believe that she wouldn't have asked for help dealing with problems that were awfully big for a kid.

Also, there were parts of the plot that were introduced and then just left hanging. An example of that is how angry she got about some of the kids agreeing to take a message to someone in the camp, and even accepting a tip for it, but never actually delivering the message. Yet she does just that. Granted that something rather jarring happens before she completed the errand, but after she was all right, she never got back to delivering the message for which she had accepted a tip. No explanation. It felt like the author didn't even notice.

Finally, when her biggest problem was resolved, and also her next-to-biggest, it seemed to happen so casually that it didn't fit with the drama and hurt feelings of the first 80% of the novel. I think in real life neither of the resolutions would have happened, and she would have to learn to live with the pain and the loss as did everyone who was imprisoned unjustly as she was.

Perhaps I shouldn't compare it to anything else, but I keep thinking of "Farewell to Manzanar", how well-written it is, how full of details that help the reader really see the camp and the effects of the camp on the family.

ChristchurchLib Oct 27, 2014

"After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Mitsi and her Japanese American family are forced to move to an internment camp, leaving their home -- and Mitsi's beloved dog, Dash -- behind. A neighbour agrees to foster Dash, and the letters that Mitsi receives "from Dash" give her courage despite the fear and hardships she faces during her family's imprisonment. For further heartwarming letters between a dog and a human who are separated by World War II, check out Duke, also by Kirby Lawson; for more stories of Japanese American internment camps, try Cynthia Kadohata's Weedflower." Kids' Books October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/965fdc34-a334-470a-b762-c1b8e02d058e?postId=e10f2a09-b2a3-4420-9dbc-b7446cedba19

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