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Dust of Eden

February 14, 2017  
 
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Dust of Eden

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122pp
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"We lived under a sky so blue in Idaho right near the towns of Hunt and Eden but we were not welcomed there." In early 1942, thirteen-year-old Mina Masako Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are sent from their home in Seattle to an internment camp in Idaho. What do you do when your home country treats you like an enemy? This memorable and powerful novel in verse, written by award-winning author Mariko Nagai, explores the nature of fear, the value of acceptance, and the beauty of life. As thought-provoking as it is uplifting, Dust of Eden is told with an honesty that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational.

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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Story held my interest 
 
4.5  (2)
Writing style 
 
4.5  (2)
Characters 
 
4.3  (2)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

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Setting
This story starts off in Seattle, Washington two years into World War II. After Pearl Harbor hostilities grow against Japanese people, and the executive order 9066 was signed. Thousands of Japanese americans like Mina were sent to various camps throughout the United States
Characters
Nick and Grandfather are two very opposing characters. Nick is constantly angry about the situation that they are in and recents the American government for what they are doing. While Grandfather is a bit more calm and collected. He is old and no longer resists and instead focuses on making a home of where he is at.
Good Points
This book is written in poems which make it very unique to read. The fact that this book is written in poems makes it a bit more emotional to read. It gives a certain aura to the story that a regular book would not have. Each poem written is supposed to signify a journal entry. This gives a very narrow perspective. In part this perspective is good because we get a lot more emotion and detail from the author, but at times it would have been nice to hear the perspective of Nick her brother and understand his anger, or to hear how her grandfather was feeling, he spoke no english and was not native to the United States.
Bad Points
The only complaint that I have is that the book is not longer! It is a magnificent book that gives light to a largely ignored part of American history.
Plot Summary
Dust of Eden is a work of historical fiction by Mariko Nagai. This story revolves around a Japanese-American girl named Mina Tagawa in 1941. Her life was as ordinary as it could be until Pearl harbor was attacked. She went from being an ordinary girl to being seen as one of the most dangerous beings in existence. Her old friends now see her as a threat and her father is arrested simply because he is Japanese. The media warns not to trust any Japanese-Americans. In a matter of months Mina and her family are sent to a concentration camp in Idaho far away from her beloved choir, the seaside smell of Seattle and her grandfather’s roses. She spend three years of her life there.
Ending
The different ending provide a new perspective that was needed throughout the book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.5

Dust of Eden

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Setting
The story takes place in the united states in the early 1940’s. It begins in Seattle, Washington in 1942 the first large event to take place was in December of 1941 when the Japanese bombed pearl harbor. This is when Mina has her father ripped from her and sent to prison. The next event took place in February of 1942 when executive order 9066 was signed sending all Japanese and Japanese Americans to internment camps. In April of 1942 the family is moved to the first camp “Camp Harmony” which is still in Washington. The biggest development was a man being shot at this camp. The largest setting was Minidoka relocation center in Hunt, Idaho. A dusty, dry, desolate place. It’s bleak setting drives the somber poem verses. It develops the story of grandfather and his devotion to working the land.
Characters
Nagai does a very good developing Mina. Since it is written from her point of view it is easier to relate with her inner thoughts and workings. She shared a close bond to her friend Jaime which is very well developed because of the constant letters. The most profound relationship she has is with her grandfather, she shares a deeper connection with him than anyone else and this shapes her decisions and values. The only thing that is not the most believable is her emotional maturity. Although she was only in her early teens she seemed to be more emotionally level than the adult characters. But otherwise she is very well developed and very relatable to the audience. The least developed character is Mother which is sad but understandable. She was long suffering and supportive. Besides the traits and issues that are noticed by Mina not much is known about Mother. The distance between her and Mina is used to develop the story. A very good strategy on Nagai’s part but the further development of Mother could have made her more believable.
Good Points
The entire book is written in poetry and that makes it very, very effective. The amount of sensory detail elicits emotions that a simple paragraph could not convey. The repetitions and multiple styles of poetry keeps it interesting. The letters also are very good because they show the inner workings of the characters. Nagai uses poetry to develop her point, the story, and the reader's emotional connection to the book all in one fell swoop.
Plot Summary
In Mariko Nagai’s dust of eden, a young Japanese-American girl named Mina and her family are sent to a Japanese internment camp, Forced to leave their home and lives behind with nothing but a few bags of belongings.There Mina struggles with her identity and everyday life.
Ending
The book has two separate endings: the first ending and the epilogue. The first ending closes the story well and provides closure for the characters and resolutions for the conflicts. It is a storybook ending and wraps the story up in a neat bow. In the epilogue Nagai ends her point and gives the reader full closure and ties off her message. The book’s message is to know who you are and work tirelessly to live the life of who you are. “Masako, earth is a lot like people”.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
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