Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Cynthia Kodohata
Genre: (Early) YA Fiction
Published: 2004
Personal Rating: 2.75/5
Yearly Count: 64

The Takeshima's are a Japanese-American family that lived in Iowa, then move to Georgia. The parents work incredible hours to provide for their children: Lynn, Katie and Sammy. All three siblings are close, but the girls have a very special relationship. Katie narrates the story of the lessons learned from her family. Those lessons become invaluable when tragedy strikes them.

The gold sticker indicating that this was a Newbery Medal Book caught my eye, so I brought it home not knowing anything about it. I've seen reviews but haven't read them - maybe I should have, because unfortunately, I really didn't care for it all that much. The narration and characters were fine, but the whole story line was drab and on this rainy day I didn't feel like listening to gloomy text.


  1. Oh Joy! I loved this book! So sorry you didn't enjoy it. Better luck next time.

  2. I really liked this when I read it a couple of months ago. That's too bad that you didn't enjoy it more but that's the way it goes.

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I actually really enjoyed it when Annie and I used this as a "school read" last year.

  4. Maw Books ~ I'm glad you did! Truly I am. :) I will come by later and read your review.

    Tanabata ~ I'll come by and read yours, too. :) It really may have been bad timing.

    Debi ~ The dark, rainy day we had yesterday could have used a better reading choice on my part. Or the book just didn't appeal to me. ???

  5. Hi Joy, You and I tend to dislike the same books so I think I'm going to stay away from this one. If you don't mind me asking, where do you get all your BoiPOd books?


    and sorry if this comes through twice, it literally disappeared off the screen before as I was typing it. Blogger has been acting really weird for me the last 24 hours.

  6. Juli ~ You may like this one, Juli. It really could have been a "mood thing" on my part.

    As for the BOiPods, I get the CDs from the library. My library system is HUGE so I get them transferred from all over. What I do is upload the CDs into iTunes, then download them onto my iPod. What's great is that I can keep many, many books on there for later listening. It has been a fabulous year for me and my iPod! :)

    Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I'd be happy to answer.


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