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theliteraryagenda
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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A heartbreaking, meditative look at memory, a daughter‘s relationship to her mother, and what makes up a life and a human being. The structure of this novel (novella?) is unique, and while some reviewers seem not to like it, I found it the perfect way to explain dementia and its effect on the person and their family. Also, I think the author may pull from her own experiences, which makes me recommend it that much more.

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TheKidUpstairs
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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A unique writing style, juxtaposing the calming sameness of routine and the jarring panic of the unexpected and unexplained in different settings. I'll be thinking about this one, and feeling its grip on my heart, for a while.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This is more like 2 connected short stories rather than 1 novel.
I can see how this might be divisive, it is not your traditional novel form, there is a lot of theorizing, often one after another on many topics (mostly the pool and it's crack, and then about Alice's memory) but overall it is about aging, and memory loss. It is a sad but not heavy read. Uniquely told and gives much to ponder. This is not a book for people who need lots of plot.

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VRM1975
The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
Mehso-so

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channingfortney
The Thing About Luck | Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo
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Asian/Pacific American Award. The is a story about a Japanese-American girl who is working in Texas to provide for her family. She comes across many obstacles along the way that change her outlook on some things. The story follows her as she grows, matures, and learns as a person who is providing for her and her family.

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channingfortney
Dash | Kirby Larson
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This book won the Scott O‘Dell award. This is about a Japanese-American girl whose family was sent to a camp to live during Pear Harbor. She was taken away from all of her friends and everything that she knew. Including her dog, Dash. A friend from home kept in touch with her and updated her on how Dash was. This gave her hope that they would eventually return to normal life. Dash was her hope.

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oliviascrimo
The Thing About Luck | Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo

Asian/Pacific American Award
June 3rd, 2014
This book is all about the good and back luck in life and how sometimes you must make your own luck which is what the main character of this book must do to help her family.

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GatheringBooks
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gclift
The Thing About Luck | Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo
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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata and Julia Kuo was published in 2013. This is a great book for older ages but can also be a read aloud for younger students. This book has won the Asian/Pacific Book Award. It is about a girl names Summer who has to learn that you make your own luck as she tries to save her family. Great read!

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Jordan1201
The Thing About Luck | Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo
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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata and illustrated by Julia Kuo was published on January 4th, 2013. This book is a fictional story and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. This book follows a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl who, over the course of a season of hard work with her difficult family, comes to a greater understanding of herself, her family, and its heritage, and her relationships.