Book Shorts: Orchards



Title:  Orchards

Author:  Holly Thompson

Summary:  Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

I started reading it because… It is in verse, so though it is a longish (327 pages) book it is a very fast read.

I kept reading because… I grew to like the main character Kana very much and wanted to see how she coped living in a very traditional Japanese family, and because I wondered how much she was really responsible for what happened to her classmate. I also really liked the black and white line drawings.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Join the Peace Corps or otherwise Help Others.

Six Word Recap:  Mean girl grows oranges in Japan.

This book reminded me of  Thirteen Reasons Why because I wish Hannah could have met Kana after her time in Japan. I think they would have been friends.

Christiane @ Queen Anne Branch

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