Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sylvia And Aki by Winifred Conkling

Sylvia and Aki is about two girls who fight their ways through their troubles. Aki's family was Japanese, so they had to go to a Japanese camp in Arizona when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Aki's brother was forced to take a test that asked him to either fight against his family in Japan or be a traitor of the U.S. Sylvia was with her family at Aki's family's farm in California. She found Aki's hidden doll and school picture as she looked through her room. Sylvia wasn't allowed to enroll in good school because she was Mexican. She had to walk a long way to Hoover School, which had used desks, old books, and tired teachers. Her dad got furious at the school district, so he filed a lawsuit stating Mexican students should be admitted to Westminster School. Which girl made it through their obstacles?

The book wasn't as fun as it could have been. It lacked suspense throughout the book. It was an unpleasant experience for both of them, but it wasn't presented as a huge crisis. It could have used more details. The story makes a good book, but it isn't very exciting. I would recommend it for 7-10 year-olds.

Rating: 6
Content: 1
Reviewer Age:11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leesburg, VA USA