1001 Cranes (paperback)
By Naomi Hirahara
When twelve-year-old Angela “Angie” Michiko Kato arrives in Gardena, a small town outside of Los Angeles, the last thing she wants is to spend the entire summer there. She’d rather be home in Northern California, hanging out with her friends and riding her skateboard.
But in the Kato family, one is never permitted to monku—although the quiet, observant Angela doesn't know how she can resist complaining when her mother and father decide to send her to stay with her grandparents and aunt to shield her from the pain their impending divorce might cause her.
Her family plans to keep Angela occupied in their flower shop, folding origami “1001 crane” displays for newlyweds. Soon her folding skills improve and her relationships with family and friends grow, all of which helps Angela keep her life in perspective despite the troubles she faces.
Ages 10 and up. Paper: 240 pp.
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