Monday, April 15, 2013

School Library Journal review of GARDEN OF STONES

School Library Journal has a great feature called AB4T - "Adult Books for Teens" - and this week reviewer Connie Williams included my book in her roundup. 

LITTLEFIELD, Sophie. Garden of Stones320p. Harlequin. Mar. 2013. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9780778313526.  Garden of Stones e1365860995394 Weekly Reviews: Historical Fiction & Reviewer Spotlight
Adult/High School–In June, 1978, sitting at his desk in the dank San Francisco basement of Reg’s Gym, Reg is murdered. Hours later, Patty Takeda listens as police question her mother, Lucy, about her whereabouts at the time of the crime. Puzzled that her mother knows this man, Patty investigates. Seeking information about Reg at his apartment, she discovers a box labeled “Manzanar.” Once the box is opened, Lucy’s story is revealed through pictures and artifacts and later from Lucy herself. Growing up in Los Angeles as the beautiful daughter of wealthy Renjiro Takeda and stunning Miyako, 14-year-old Lucy’s life suddenly changed when her father died. Soon after, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and within weeks the Japanese American community was herded into camps where they experienced the starkest privation and disorder. Lucy discovered that the corruption of the camp overseers surrounded her beautiful mother in a way that caused her to take the most drastic steps to keep Lucy safe. Counterpointing stories between Patty’s 1970’s investigation of her mother’s past and Lucy’s own story, Garden of Stones takes readers into the internment camps and the horrendous decisions one must make when there are few options. Teens will gain insight into the tragic decision that created these camps and will find much to think about.Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA

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