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While I Was Away



by
Waka T. Brown

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Quill Tree
ISBN
9780063017115
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Violence: Child Abuse
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Blackbird Fly meets The Farewell in this empowering middle grade memoir from debut author Waka T. Brown, who takes readers on a journey to Japan, where she was sent as a child in the 1980s to reconnect to her family’s roots.

When twelve-year-old Waka’s parents suspect she can’t understand basic Japanese, they make the drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Forced to say goodbye to her friends and what would have been her summer vacation, Waka is plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and flown across the globe, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime.

In Japan, Waka struggles with reading and writing in kanji, doesn’t quite mesh with her complicated and distant Obaasama, and gets made fun of by the students in her Japanese public-school classes. Even though this is the country her parents came from, Waka has never felt more like an outsider.

If she’s always been the “smart Japanese girl” in America but is now the “dumb foreigner” in Japan, where is home? And who will Waka be when she finds it?Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Family life. Multigenerational families. Japan. Japanese Americans. Grandmothers. Intercultural communication. Japanese social life and customs. Culture shock. Identity. Bullying. Cliques. Friendship. 

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