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1001 CRANES by Naomi Hirahara

1001 CRANES

By Naomi Hirahara

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-385-73556-8
Publisher: Delacorte

Relationships aren’t easy. They are particularly difficult when you are only 12 years old, watching your parents get ready to divorce. To spare Angie, her parents send her to her grandparents, who live in a small town outside of Los Angeles. Without parents or friends, and with no real ties to this new community, Angie feels disconnected and uncertain about where her life is headed. She is put to work by her stern Grandma Michi making origami cranes for good-luck displays within the Japanese-American community, but this doesn’t help…it just makes her feel more disoriented. What will happen to her family? Why has her father moved out of their house? Why is Grandma Michi so stern with her, but so caring with another young girl in the neighborhood? She’s grown up in an environment of “no monku” but feels there is plenty to complain about right now. Well-written and episodic, this is an easy read that seeks to explain how relationships work or don’t, and to reassure readers that it is possible to survive even the worst. (Fiction. 10 & up)