(from our review) World War II stories are some of my favorite things to read, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I jumped at the chance to review Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill. It's the story of two teenagers torn apart by the decision of the American government to force Americans of Japanese descent into internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's a poignant story that deals with some extremely sensitive issues, and I'm so glad I took the time to read it. Evalina's life is as close to perfect as anyone's could possibly be. Her family is close, she's doing well in school, and even though she's recently broken up with her boyfriend, Evalina's pretty sure she'll find someone she's more compatible with before too much time passes. She's heard stories of the war raging overseas, but the terrors of war haven't really touched her life. Taichi is the son of Japanese immigrants. His father is a farmer who delivers produce to the restaurant owned by Evalina's family, and although he’s seen Evalina from a distance, the two of them have never spoken until Taichi accompanies his father on a delivery one afternoon and they happen to strike up a conversation. From that moment on, they're drawn to one another in ways neither fully understands.
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Grade: B+Check Review