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The Language Inside by Holly Thompson
May 14th, 2013 by Delacorte
A beautiful novel in verse that deals with post-tsunami Japan, Cambodian culture, and one girl's search for identity and home.Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it's the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma's family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay with her grandmother while her mom undergoes treatment.Emma feels out of place in the United States, begins to have migraines, and longs to be back in Japan. At her grandmother's urging, she volunteers in a long-term care center to help Zena, a patient with locked-in syndrome, write down her poems. There, Emma meets Samnang, another volunteer, who assists elderly Cambodian refugees. Weekly visits to the care center, Zena's poems, dance, and noodle soup bring Emma and Samnang closer, until Emma must make a painful choice: stay in Massachusetts, or return early to Japan.
This seems like it could be a great emotional story. I'm also interested in reading more novels written in verse, they're always fascinating!
What are you waiting on?