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Somewhere Among

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Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu lives in Tokyo, Japan. Her work has been published in Hunger Mountain, Highlights, Highlights High Five,... Lire la suite
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Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu lives in Tokyo, Japan. Her work has been published in Hunger Mountain, Highlights, Highlights High Five, Y.A.R.N., and other magazines. She received a grant from the Highlights Foundation to attend Chautauqua in 2009. Somewhere Among won the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas award in the middle grade category and is her debut novel.

In this beautiful and haunting debut novel in verse, called “a tender piece on connectedness” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, a Japanese-American girl struggles with the loneliness of being caught between two worlds when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes an ocean away.

Eleven-year-old Ema has always been of two worlds—her father’s Japanese heritage and her mother’s life in America. She’s spent summers in California for as long as she can remember, but this year she and her mother are staying with her grandparents in Japan as they await the arrival of Ema’s baby sibling. Her mother’s pregnancy has been tricky, putting everyone on edge, but Ema’s heart is singing—finally, there will be someone else who will understand what it’s like to belong and not belong at the same time.

But Ema’s good spirits are muffled by her grandmother who is cold, tightfisted, and quick to reprimand her for the slightest infraction. Then, when their stay is extended and Ema must go to a new school, her worries of not belonging grow. And when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes, Ema, her parents, and the world watch as the twin towers fall…

As her mother grieves for her country across the ocean—threatening the safety of her pregnancy—and her beloved grandfather falls ill, Ema feels more helpless and hopeless than ever. And yet, surrounded by tragedy, Ema sees for the first time the tender side of her grandmother, and the reason for the penny-pinching and sternness make sense—her grandmother has been preparing so they could all survive the worst.

Dipping and soaring, Somewhere Among is the story of one girl’s search for identity, a sense of peace, and the discovery that hope can indeed rise from the ashes of disaster.

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Somewhere Among


Not enough room

for me to give

Mom space,

I crouch in my corner


clothes for three seasons

into my suitcase


pencil case, supplies box, assignments, notebooks, and textbooks

into my schoolbag

and slip my NASA pen into my pocket.

I do not want to go

to stay with Obaachan, my Japanese grandmother,

but it cannot be helped.

Every August

I pack my summer homework

shorts and swimsuit

to fly to Northern California with Mom

but this year

I am packing

on a school holiday

the longest day of the year

to go to western Tokyo.

I will miss six months of fifth grade at my school

I will miss our holiday by the sea with Papa before California

I will miss a whole month of having Mom’s old room to myself.

My friends will miss the cinnamon balls

wrapped in pepper-red plastic

I always bring back

as souvenirs.

JUNE 21, 2001

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Somewhere Among
Code EAN: 9781481437875
ISBN: 978-1-4814-3787-5
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Age recommandé: 9 à 12 ans
Editeur: Simon & Schuster N.Y.
Genre: Enfants et adolescents
nombre de pages: 448
Poids: 304g
Taille: H194mm x B130mm x T28mm
Année: 2017
Auflage: Reprint