When twelve-year-old Rinko learns that a neighbor's daughter is coming from Japan to marry a stranger twice her age, she sets out to change this arrangement and gains new insights into love and adult problems
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Grade 4-6 Rinko Tsujimura is a 12-year-old Japanese-American girl. When forced by her mother to take Japanese language lessons from Mrs. Sugino, she meets Mrs. Sugino's three boarders, one of whom is to marry Teru, an American-born girl of 19 who has been raised in Japan. Rinko is outraged by Teru's arranged marriage with a stranger and promptly finds a more handsome and youthful bridegroom. The Japanese community in Oakland, California, is a closely-knit one of mutual support and assistance, and when Mrs. Sugino's irresponsible husband loses the money that a boarder had given him to invest, her friends contribute their help and support. Most important, Rinko learns a valuable lesson in growing up and redefines her expectations regarding personal relationships. Rinko is an attractive heroinebright, active and caught between the divergent cultures of Japan and America. Young readers may be confused by the attitudes expressed and the vocational and educational restrictions imposed upon the Japanese-Americans, for the fact that the story takes place in 1936 is not well integrated into the story. However, this is a good, comforting rite-of-passage story which will be particularly appealing to those who have read the previous two books about Rinko: A Jar of Dreams (1981) and The Best Bad Thing (1983, both Atheneum). Phyllis Ingram, Fairfax County Public Library, Va.
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Book Description Margaret K. McElderry, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689503261
Book Description Margaret K. McElderry, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689503261
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