Dash, by Kirby Lars

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Dash was written by Kirby Larson.  It contains 243 pages. This book is a fiction novel and begins in Seattle, Washington.

Mitsue “Mitsi” Kashino is living in Seattle, WA during World War II.  When she starts school, her friends from last year reject her because of her ethnicity.  Mitsi tries to be friendly to them, but another girl steps in to take her place as their best friend.  Eventually, news comes that all people of Japanese descent must go to camps to live.  And the worst news of all: Mitsi must leave her beloved dog, Dash, behind!  Mitsi and her family find a neighbor lady to take care of Dash until they come back.  And they are off to the camp!

The first camp they go to has only plywood houses.  Mitsi’s whole family – 5 people – must share a very small shack.  In a letter to her dog, Mitsi complains that she has to step over her brother’s cot to get to her own! Eventually they get moved to another camp.  This one isn’t mush better though – the first was muddy, but the next was very dusty.  The only good thing about it (as Mitsi wrote) was that her best friend’s shack was next to Mitsi’s.

Eventually the good news comes – pets are now allowed in the camps!  Mrs. Bowker, the lady who had taken care of Dash, brought him to Mitsi.  Mitsi, overjoyed, hugs him as hard as she can.  All is well again!

This would be a good book to read if you are learning about WW II.  I enjoyed the parts about Dash. 🙂

 

Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.

 

 

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