August 25, 2010

NEW Dear America Book Sneak Peek

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DearAmerica Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is an all new title in the Dear America series: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson.

13-year-old Piper Davis has been given a diary. She's never used one before, but because of everything happening in her life, she's glad she has one. It's 1941 and Europe is at war. Even though Piper and her family live in Seattle, Washington, there is talk that America might become involved with the war.

Piper's dad is the minister of the Seattle Japanese Baptist Church. Piper and her family have always been close to her dad's congregation. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the Japanese-Americans in Piper’s town start getting harassed by some of the white townspeople. Even at school, Piper's friend, Betty, suffers from a humiliating attack by her classmates.

When President Roosevelt orders all residents of Japanese heritage to be put into internment camps, Piper's father decides to move also, to be closer to his congregation. Piper doesn't understand why they have to move. The war will be over soon and the Japanese-Americans will be able to return home. But Piper quickly finds out this is not the case. These temporary camps seem more permanent. And the barbed wire and the watchtowers make it feel more like a prison, not a camp.

Why can't anyone understand that the people in these camps aren't the bad guys? They are good people who love America and would never do anything to hurt it. Will the war end soon? Will the Japanese community be able to return to a normal life? Find out in Dear America: The Fences Between Us.

Sneak Peek!
This book won't be in stores until September 1, but you can download a sneak peek excerpt right now!

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

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  1. peace

    This book looks really cool and I am getting it for christmas.I heard it was supposed to be really good so I cant wait to read this book.

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  2. racer chase

    i’m back. i love being on the stacks it’s a lot of fun i am an American and i wish scholastic would post comments like all the other kids can. i have a ds. they are fun to play and i have lots of games to play. i have some webkinz. i have three. they are all dogs.

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  3. Horseluver101

    I love Dear Americas and this one sounds so good. I just wish the Scholastic website would just go ahead and post the website!

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  4. Aly

    I really, really want to read this book! Does anyone know which stores it might come out in? I read the excerpt and it was really good! I love this series! <3

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  5. DianaC

    If you want to read about a how it is like during a war then this is the book for you. I read this book a couple of times and I still Love it.

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  6. polopolopolo

    This book seems like a good book for me because I like history and how people use to deal with situations like this one.

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  7. ImaniB

    I think the book would be a good oppurtune to read about a teenager who is confused and uses a diary to exoress her feelings about what’s going on in her life.

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  8. frodo25

    oh my gosh!!! Im so gonna buy this book off Amazon!!!! I love this sereis or any diary at all, but this book will probably be the best

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