This Time Will Be Different
Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know how to get started. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.
She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.
But when her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII—a rift threatens to splinter her family, friends, and their entire Northern California community. And for the first time, CJ feels like she’s found something she wants to fight for.
Author’s note. Index of flowers and their meanings.
JLG Release: Sep 2019
Awards & Honors
CPL Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Social Issue: Abortion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Strong Language
Japanese internment during World War II, Racism, Florists, Dating and relationships, Japanese Americans,