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Aleutian Sparrow

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Aleutian Sparrow

It's 1942 in Alaska, just seven months after the Japanese navy destroyed Pearl Harbor. They have now just attacked the Aleutian Islands. Before this, the Aleut people had lived happy and successful lives. But now, all lives are on hold as they are sent to relocation centers in Southeastern Alaska.

Throughout her life, Vera has lived close to the sea with her family. But when the Japanese attack her home, the entire population is evacuated and crammed into crowded barracks. Everyone is stripped of their own lives. People now have to endure horrible conditions, look for food and work, and pray that the Japanese will surrender. Will things ever get better? Will the Aleut people be able to return to their normal lives?

ALEUTIAN SPARROW emphasizes the destructive power of violence and what it can do to victims and their communities. Hopefully, when people read this book, they will be reminded that violence only makes problems worse. If you like reading dramatic stories, read ALEUTIAN SPARROW to find out what happens to Vera and her community.

Reviewed by Ashley Hartlaub on October 1, 2003

Aleutian Sparrow
by Karen Hesse

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2003
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
  • ISBN-10: 0689861893
  • ISBN-13: 9780689861895