Tallgrass

Tallgrass

Book - 2007
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During World War II, 13-year-old Rennie Stroud and her family find life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town and a young girl is murdered.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312360191
0312360193
Characteristics: ix, 305 p.

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carolecressman
Jul 26, 2014

As our librarian said, very much a "To Kill a Mockingbird" story. Thanks for the recommendation, Laurie.

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DeltaQueen50
Nov 13, 2011

During the dark days of World War II, President Roosevelt signed an act that required Japanese Americans to be relocated to interment camps for the duration of the war with Japan. A absolute act of racism, these people “looked” foreign and so were treated as such. In Tallgrass we read of one such camp in Colorado. Told from the point of view of a young girl who lives next to the camp, the story revolves around a horrific murder and the suspicions that arise because of it.

The small town of Ellis, Colorado and it’s inhabitants aren’t bad people, but fear and prejudice, plus strong patriotic feelings after Pearl Harbor, allow many to turn away from the few that persist in taunting and tormenting the Japanese. Life, as seen through the eyes of thirteen year old Rennie is changing and change can be at times confusing and scary.

This is my second book by Sandra Dallas and she is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her characters come alive on the pages and I know I will be thinking of them for some time to come. Her storytelling is rich and rewarding, and the addition of the mystery to this poignant story made for an engrossing read.

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lpreston214
Oct 24, 2011

I listened to it also. Very enjoyable.

Randomrabbit May 03, 2011

I loved this book. Great inside to part of WW2 history not often found in books.

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