Aleutian Sparrow

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By Karen Hesse

Based on the true story of the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska in the summer of 1942, a young Aleut girl tells what life was like when her small home of Kashega was taken over and she, along with her family and community, were put into internment camps in her own country.

In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands. Within days of the first attack, the entire native population living west of Unimak Island was gathered up and evacuated to relocation centers in the dense forests of Alaska's Southeast.

With resilience, compassion, and humor, the Aleuts responded to the sorrows of upheaval and dislocation. This is the story of Vera, a young Aleut caught up in the turmoil of war. It chronicles her struggles to survive and to keep community and heritage intact despite harsh conditions in an alien environment.

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Product Details

  • Paperback Edition
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: June 1, 2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.1(w) x 7.4(h)
  • Item weight: 0.30 lbs