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The taste of rain, Monique Polak

Label
The taste of rain
Title
The taste of rain
Statement of responsibility
Monique Polak
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This novel for middle readers takes place in a Japanese internment camp in China in WWII, where thirteen-year-old Gwen follows the Girl Guide code in order to survive
Character
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Review
Gwen and her Girl Guides group fight for survival during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. The daughter of American Christian missionaries, Gwen has lived in boarding schools in northern China. For the last two years, the Weihsien mission school has been used as an internment camp by the Japanese, who closely guard the students and staff. Gwen's teacher, Miss E., has taken it upon herself to buoy her students' morale. Gwen complies with Miss E.'s efforts, repeating her Girl Guide rules to mitigate the effects of the harsh living conditions. Tensions arise with the death of one student and the escape of two others, and all the while Gwen questions her complex feelings toward her parents. Gwen's first-person narrative unfolds in the present tense with limited description and ends with the arrival of American troops, leaving the conditions of the school and Gwen's ultimate fate to readers' imaginations. Gwen, Miss E., and the other primary characters present as white with diversity limited to the Japanese guards, a kindly Japanese officer, and Chinese laborer Lu (referred to as a "coolie," acknowledged as a slur in the author's note but in line with the era). The italicized Japanese dialogue tends toward one- or two-word commands. Although based on true accounts, this story does not quite match the gravitas of this fascinating piece of history. (resources) (Historical fiction. 11-14) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798670
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polak, Monique
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8+
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Girl Guides Association
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Concentration camps
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
  • Girl Guides
  • Children's stories
  • China
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The taste of rain, Monique Polak
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-212)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066780373
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
213 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781459820265
Lccn
2019934058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1085158863
Label
The taste of rain, Monique Polak
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-212)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066780373
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
213 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781459820265
Lccn
2019934058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1085158863

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