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Jennifer Maruno. When the Cherry Blossoms Fell
Napoleon $9.95 ISBN 978-1-894917-83-4 129 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 12

Itís World War 2 and Michiko is a Japanese girl living in Canada. Everything seems great until her dad has to leave. And the name-calling starts. And her family has to move. Michiko doesnít understand what has happened outside of Canada. Even in their new town, people despise the ďJaps." Will everything turn out all right for Michiko and her family?

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell is a historical fiction novel that is told from a very interesting point of view, Michikoís, who happens to be in grade three. Her parents and family try to keep as much as possible from her, because they donít want her to be scared. The characters are very realistic, and the main character (Michiko) was very likable. I really enjoyed reading this book, but I found it kind of uninformative about the situation that Michiko and her family were in. Yet, that did not stop me from wanting to read this book. It was a great book to read because of the love their family showed for each other. It didnít matter what happened, their family stuck together. This is an awesome read for girls and boys ages 8-11.

I give When the Cherry Blossoms Fell 4 stars.


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