From the moment twelve-year-old Sumiko is turned away from a classmate's birthday party because she is Japanese-American, throughout her family's subsequent internment at Poston, an internment camp on the Mohave Indian reservation, Sumiko responds with disbelief, ambivalence, confusion, and with energy, perseverance and hope. At Poston she develops a surprising friendship with a Mohave boy and comes to understand some of the on-going racism and injustice the Mohave people have faced. Ultimately, with the support of an elder in the camp, she plants the flowers that remind her of home and gathers strength to face an uncertain future. Winner for Older Children, 2007.

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