The Language Inside

The Language Inside

Book - 2013
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Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother's breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma's heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385739795
Branch Call Number: THO
Characteristics: 521 p.


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May 25, 2015

I was intrigued by the end notes and was blown away when I opened the book at home and found it was free verse. I decided to try it and in fact, couldn't put it down. The experience of a novel in verse was exciting, clever and totally enjoyable. The story charms me, and I'm recommending it to granddaughters and friends.

Jul 30, 2013

When Emma’s mum contracts breast cancer, the whole family has to pack up and leave Japan for a year, where Emma had lived most of her life. As she struggles with homesickness, her mother’s health, and guilt (she left tsunami-swept Japan), she starts to make new friends and get involved in her new community. Utterly predictable (and worse, written in free-verse . . . not my favorite thing)—but still beautifully written. And, as any former expat knows, sharply realistic. (Searching niche-market grocery stores for ingredients for your favorite homecooked meals?—I’ve been there!)

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