Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse

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In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands. Within days of the first attack, the entire native population living west of Unimak Island was gathered up and evacuated to relocation centers in the dense forests of Alaska's Southeast.
With resilience, compassion, and humor, the Aleuts responded to the sorrows of upheaval and dislocation. This is the story of Vera, a young Aleut caught up in the turmoil of war. It chronicles her struggles to survive and to keep community and heritage intact despite harsh conditions in an alien environment.

About Karen Hesse

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KAREN HESSE is the winner of the MacArthur Genius Award, and the acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including Brooklyn Bridge and Out of the Dust, a Newbery Medal Winner. She has received numerous honors for her writing. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Published May 8, 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 172 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The historical facts are as starkly unforgiving as the Aleutian landscape, but not as beautiful.

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The narrator, who lives and works on the Aleutian Islands, describes the aftermath of the Japanese bombing there in the summer of 1942.

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In a series of short, free-verse poems, Newbery-winning author Hesse tells the story of the native Aleutian Islanders who were evacuated in advance of the Japanese invasion of their islands.

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Before this, the Aleut people had lived happy and successful lives.

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