Bluestem Book of the Week!
2018 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2018 Bluestem Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
Author: Kirby Larson
Lexile Level: 570
Recommendations & Comments: One of the great things about historical fiction books is that they take events that seem long ago and far away, and they make them immediate and personal. Dash is inspired by a true story about a girl separated from her beloved dog. What's keeping them apart is one of the worst chapters from America's past, when it imprisoned its own Japanese-American citizens during World War II. It's bad enough reading about it as history, but Larson's story about Mitsi and her family is full of telling details. The fear that turns classmates and friends into bullies. The loss of treasured possessions from their home. The constant dust, mud, heat, and cold of the desert camps.
All of which sounds like it could be a downer, but it's not. Although they have plenty of setbacks, Mitsi and the others also band together to help each other, drawing strength from kindness and from their own skills. Her father helps people build furniture from scrap. Her grandmother knits clothes with other women, and her brother makes deliveries. Mitsi is sometimes frustrated, miserable, and lonely, but with help she finds ways to make friends and brighten others' lives. If only she could be with Dash again...
Reviewed By: Mr. Tom
Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees
Created by Jen Trotta on
Sep 11th, 2017 @ 3:20 PM.
Updated on Dec 14th, 2017 @ 9:05 AM.