1001 Cranes by Naomi Hirahara

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WHEN 12-YEAR-OLD ANGELA Kato arrives in L.A., the last thing she wants to do is spend the entire summer with her grandparents. But in the Kato family, one is never permitted to complain. Grandma Michi and Aunt Janet put Angela to work in their flower shop, folding origami and creating 1001 crane displays for newlyweds. At first, Angela learns the trade begrudgingly. But when her folding skills improve and her relationships with family and friends grow, Angela is able to cope with her troubles, especially her parents’ impending divorce.

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About Naomi Hirahara

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Naomi Hirahara: Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, including Gasa Gasa Girl, Summer of the Big Bachi, Snakeskin Shamesin, and Blood Hina. She lives in California.
Published August 12, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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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.

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Hirahara writes lyrically of folding (at one stage the paper “resembles a gold kite waiting to be released in the wind”), and as Angela learns that her father has moved out, origami convincingly becomes a “medicine.” Throughout the summer she becomes privy to the secret wounds in other people’s h...

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