A riveting and dramatic story of two devoted sisters, Italian citizens, who must survive in WWII Japan.
In 1940, when Simona is eight and her sister, Carolina, is five, their father becomes the cook to the Italian ambassador to Japan, and the family leaves Italy for Tokyo. The girls learn perfect Japanese, make friends, and begin to love life in their new home. But soon Japan is engaged in a world war. In 1943, when all Italians in Japan are confined to internment camps as enemy aliens, Papà and the girls are forced to part, and Simona and Carolina embark on a dramatic journey. Anyone who aids them could be arrested for treason. All the sisters have is each other: their wits, courage, and resilience, and the hope that they will find people who see them not as the enemy, but simply as children trying to survive.
In this gripping, deeply moving story, Donna Jo Napoli gives readers an unforgettable and authentic new perspective on World War II.
About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of Crazy Jack, The Magic Circle, Stones in Water, and many other books. She is the chairperson of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College.
“An enthralling story of sisterhood amongst harrowing war.” —School Library Journal
“Napoli’s story [is] told with immediacy, compassion, and nuance.”—The Horn Book