Naomi's Road

Naomi's Road

Book - 1986
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Based on the award-winning novel Obasan, Naomi's Road describes an often-forgotten episode in Canadian history. It tells the story of Naomi Nakane -- a little girl with "black hair and lovely Japanese eyes and a face like a valentine" -- and her Japanese-Canadian family during the 1940s, when Canada was at war with Japan.
Naomi, her older brother Stephen, and their aunt are sent to an internment camp deep in the interior of British Columbia and then to a farm in Alberta. Through her eyes we see the effects of war as Naomi grows up in a world of hardship and prejudice. Yet throughout, she retains her essential hope and dignity.
"The book sings. It is a lyrical and intensely moving account." -- The Toronto Globe and Mail
"This is an important, painful story told with grace and sensitivity and lacking the easy sentimentality that would have dulled its polish. Great stuff." -- The Toronto Sun
Publisher: Toronto : Oxford University Press; Toronto : Stoddart, 1986, 1995
ISBN: 9780195405477
Branch Call Number: FIC/KOG
Additional Contributors: Gould, Matt


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

During WWII, when Naomi's family is forced to leave their Vancouver home, Naomi and her brother are separated from their parents and sent to an internment camp in interior British Columbia. Naomi's spirit and resilience shine through this tale of survival.

Aug 20, 2010

This is a great book and written very well for the young reader. I look forward to being able to read this book to my daughter again! Obasan was a great book and she did a great job capturing some of the child's (Naomi's) view point as a 5 yr old. Wonderful story about the Japanese-Canadians

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