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Sylvia & Aki

by Winifred Conkling

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Most of us have heard of Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. A previous, lesser known, court case called Mendez v. Westminster School District of Orange County, California lead to a ruling that having separate schools for Mexican and Mexican American students was unconstitutional. One of the children at the heart of this case was Sylvia Mendez, whose family was renting a farm owned by a Japanese American family, who were currently living in an internment camp. Telling the story of Sylvia and Aki, a girl of the same age in the Japanese American family, in alternating chapters, Conkling does a good job of explaining this aspect of history to her intended age group. An afterword, further reading, bibliography & photographs are included. While the story does not manage to be quite as engaging as it could be, this book is recommended for public and school libraries. The book lends itself to discussion on civil rights, segregation, and the similarities and differences between how different groups experience racism. This book could also have a place in middle school literature circles for lower level readers. ( )
  MissyAnn | Aug 8, 2014 |
RGG: Sweet, brief story based upon the true story of a young girl sent with her family to a Japanese internment camp and a young girl whose father leases the Japanese family's farm and in an effort to have his children attend the local school leads the legal battle to integrate California's school. Some of the writing is lovely, and the girls are well-drawn. Reading Level: 10-12, Lexile 760, DRA 38, FP "P"
  rgruberexcel | Mar 24, 2014 |
Jane Addams Award winner. Sylvia and Aki are two girls whose paths cross through letters when Aki is sent to a Japanese Internment Camp and Sylvia's Mexican family lease Aki's family's land.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
Jane Addams Award winner. Sylvia and Aki are two girls whose paths cross through letters when Aki is sent to a Japanese Internment Camp and Sylvia's Mexican family lease Aki's family's land.
  Phill242 | May 6, 2013 |
This book is a fictionalized account of two real young girls that shared a very special common bond in 1940's. Aki, a Japanese-American girl, is relocated with her mother and brother to an internment camp in Arizona.Meanwhile Sylvia's father takes over Aki's family farm. As Mexican-Americans they also face discrimination . Sylvia's father sues the local board of education to end the segregation of the public school system. These are too very complicated issues , but they are handled in a manner that makes them easy for students to understand and empathize with the characters. ( )
  asomers | Apr 4, 2013 |
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At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.… (more)

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