Jennifer Maruno is a long-time educator. Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award. She is also the author of Warbird, Cherry Blossom Winter, Kid Soldier, and Totem. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.
When the Cherry Blossoms Fell
Short-listed for the 2012 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award and for the 2011 Hackmatack Childrenâ€™s Choice Award
Nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa bids her father good-bye before her birthday celebration. She doesnâ€™t know the government has ordered all Japanese-born men out of the province. Ten days later, her family joins hundreds of Japanese-Canadians on a train to the interior of British Columbia. Even though her aunt Sadie jokes about it, they have truly reached the "Land of No". There are no paved roads, no streetlights and not streetcars. The house in which they are to live is dirty and drafty. At school Michiko learns the truth of her situation. She must face local prejudice, the worst winter in forty years and her first Christmas without her father.
...recommend this book as a jumping off point for history or social studies classes studying World War II and this oft untold story of the horrific treatment of our Japanese residents at the hand of the Canadian government.