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A place to belong / Cynthia Kadohata ; illustrated by Julia Kuo.

Kadohata, Cynthia, (author.). Kuo, Julia, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library J KAD (Text) 33500013066394 New Checked out 01/23/2020
Moorhead Public Library J KAD (Text) 33500013066386 New Available -
Warroad Public Library j KAD (Text) 35500006180002 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781481446648
  • ISBN: 1481446649
  • ISBN: 9781481446655
  • ISBN: 1481446657
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
Summary, etc.:
Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* Hanako has experienced much in her 12 years. Her father owned a restaurant, but when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, she and her family, like more than 100,000 Nikkei, were put into internment camps. That life was difficult, yet there were familiarities as well. Now, she and her parents and little brother, Akira, are on a boat to Japan to live with her grandparents on a tenant farm near Hiroshima. In a story that is both beautifully crafted yet utterly true to a child's innermost thoughts and feelings, Kadohata brings Hanako to a war-ravaged country, where being hungry is a fact of life and possibilities seem small. And yet: here there are grandparents who adore her and teach her new ways; it's a place where she learns how to balance tenderness and selfishness; and as she absorbs her new surroundings, Hanako becomes wedded to her heritage, discovering what families do, in ways big and small, to make one another safe and happy. As she has shown in her previous books, including the Newbery Medal–winning Kira-Kira (2004), Kadohata is superb at writing relationships, and here each unfolds like a flower. Mostly, the relationships here are intergenerational, but Hanako also meets a boy scarred from the Hiroshima bomb. The sting and purity of their interactions, as well as the history interwoven there and throughout the novel, make an indelible impression. Another gift from Kadohata to her readers. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal&;winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and PEN America Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, Half a World Away, Checked, Place to Belong, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her dog and hockey-playing son in California. Visit her online at

Julia Kuo is the creator of 20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals as well as the charming board book Everyone Eats. Julia also created the cover and interior artwork for Newbery Medal&;winning author Cynthia Kadohata&;s The Thing About Luck and Place to Belong and New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han&;s Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. She lives in Chicago. Find out more online at

Subject: Bombardment of Hiroshima-shi (Japan : 1945)
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) > History > Bombardment, 1945 > Juvenile fiction.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) > History > Bombardment, 1945 > Fiction.
Emigration and immigration > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Belonging (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Identity > Fiction.
Japanese Americans > Fiction.
Japan > History > 1945-1989 > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Asia.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emigration & Immigration.
Japan > Hiroshima-shi.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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