By Holly Thompson

New York: Ember Press, 2011.

Pages 327

Genre:  Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Suicide

YA Book—content suicide—8th grade

Kana Goldberg’s life was quite ordinary in 8th grade until a classmate, Ruth, commits suicide. Then Holly-Thompson-ORCHARDS-book-covereverything changed and she got sent to Japan for the summer to stay with relatives. It is a long way to go and it is a culture that is not hers but her mothers. There she has plenty of time to think while she works in the orange groves. Who was to blame?  Well could it be the girls who ignored her, who texted her, or who didn’t talk to her?  It could be Kana’s friends or Kana herself? Join Kana as she begins to put her life back together in her own free verse voice.   


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