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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\">\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Paper Wishes;\nCreators:Lois Sepahban;\nInterestLevel:Grades 3-5; Grades 7-8;\nReadingLevel:Grades 3-5;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Communication – verbal and nonverbal; Growing up – pain or pleasure; Lost love; Power of silence;\nGenre:Children's; Historical Fiction;\nPoV:First person narration from perspective of ten-year-old girl;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Bainbridge, Island, Washington;\nChronology:March to December, 1942;\nFacility:Manzanar [7] - Manzanar, California;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Title:Paper Wishes;\nAuthor:Lois Sepahban;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Margaret Ferguson Books;\nPubDate:2016;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:185;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n  <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/paper-wishes/oclc/904082024\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   https://www.worldcat.org/title/paper-wishes/oclc/904082024\n  </a>\n  ;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Children's novel by Lois Sepahban centering on a young girl from\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Bainbridge_Island,_Washington\" title=\"Bainbridge Island, Washington\">\n  Bainbridge Island, Washington\n </a>\n , who turns mute when she and her family are uprooted and sent to\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">\n  Manzanar\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Written in the first person voice of Manami Tanaka, a girl who is around ten years old,\n <i>\n  Paper Wishes\n </i>\n takes place from March to December 1942 (with each month serving as the title of a chapter) as the Tanakas are forcibly removed from their Bainbridge Island home and sent to Manzanar. As the story begins, Manami lives with her fisherman father, her mother, and her maternal grandfather, along with her dog, Yujiin. Her two older siblings, Keiko and Ron, are both away at college in Indiana. But rumors of forced removal soon become reality, and the Tanakas find themselves on a train to Manzanar. Worse, Manami's attempt to smuggle Yujiin along is discovered, and she is forced to leave the dog behind in Seattle. The trauma of the concentration camp and the loss of Yujiin render Manami mute, to the consternation of her family. Over the next few months, she grows close to a kindly Caucasian school teacher, whom she draws pictures for, and is heartened when her brother Ron returns from college to rejoin the family and becomes a school teacher himself. But Ron's attempts to to council what Manami refers to as the \"wild boys,\" lands him trouble with the administration as unrest builds in the camp. Manami continues to long for Yujiin and remains mute. An ending \"Author's Note\" provides a brief historical summary of the wartime removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans that provides the context for the novel.\n</p>\n<p>\n Author Lois Sepahban grew up in central California and, aware of Manzanar growing up, contemplated writing a story set there for many years. A full time teacher, she is the author of ten non-fiction books for children, mostly on science and history related topics.\n <i>\n  Paper Wishes\n </i>\n is her first novel.\n <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n  <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n   [1]\n  </a>\n </sup>\n</p>\n<p>\n Reviews for\n <i>\n  Paper Wishes\n </i>\n have largely been positive. Naomi Hirahara in the\n <i>\n  New York Times Book Review\n </i>\n cites Sepahban's \"beautiful, spare language [that] makes Manami's voice resonate,\" a theme echoed by Amanda Raklovits in\n <i>\n  School Library Journal\n </i>\n (\"spare and affecting prose\") and\n <i>\n  Kirkus Reviews\n </i>\n (\"simple and heart-rending prose\").\n <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">\n  <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">\n   [2]\n  </a>\n </sup>\n On the other hand, Deborah Stevenson in the\n <i>\n  Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books\n </i>\n writes that the \"language is oddly stilted and formal... distancing Manami’s narration and, ironically, making her American-born English seem strained and foreign,\" adding that \"her elective mutism is dramatic, but it's also a well-worn literary contrivance.\"\n <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">\n  <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">\n   [3]\n  </a>\n </sup>\n Carolyn Phelan in\n <i>\n  Booklist\n </i>\n calls it \"is a quiet, personal story with nuanced character portrayals and resonant emotional undertones,\" while Jennifer M. Brabander in\n <i>\n  The Horn Book Magazine\n </i>\n finds it \"honest and engaging.\" But Hirahara and Brabander find the historical background on the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Manzanar_riot/uprising\" title=\"Manzanar riot/uprising\">\n  Manzanar riot/uprising\n </a>\n inadequate, and Hirahara also points out the \"unusual\" and \"odd\" Japanese names of key characters.\n <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\">\n  <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\">\n   [4]\n  </a>\n </sup>\n</p>\n<p>\n <i>\n  Paper Wishes\n </i>\n is well researched—Sepahban cites the use of Densho.com interviews and resources and visits to the Manzanar National Historic Site—and presents a generally accurate picture of life at Manzanar. There are a few minor historical issues, however: In June of 1942, Ron is urged to join the army by his sister and discusses the possibility with his father (page 72); but at that time, Japanese Americans were not allowed in any branch of the American armed forces and would not be until the following spring, when the army formed the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n  442nd Regimental Combat Team\n </a>\n . Later, when Ron discusses the possibility of going to another camp for his own protection, he has that discussion with a soldier (150); while the army was in charge of securing the perimeters of the concentration camps, the internal administration of the camp was the purview of the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">\n  War Relocation Authority\n </a>\n (WRA), and any such discussion would have been with WRA officials. Later, when the Tanakas move to\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Minidoka\" title=\"Minidoka\">\n  Minidoka\n </a>\n in December 1942, the camp is described as having just opened (163); most Minidokans arrived in August and September of 1942 and by December, the camp would have been almost fully populated. Finally, in the Author's Note, it is claimed that \"... about half of those imprisoned were children\" (179); the real figure is about\n <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.densho.org/common-myths-wwii-incarceration-half-children/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n  one-third\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\">\n <b>\n  Authored by\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n   Brian Niiya\n  </a>\n  , Densho\n </b>\n</div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n Niiya, Brian\n</div>\n<p>\n Might also like:\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Dash (book)\" title=\"Dash (book)\">\n   Dash\n  </a>\n </i>\n by Kirby Larson;\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Weedflower (book)\" title=\"Weedflower (book)\">\n   Weedflower\n  </a>\n </i>\n by Cynthia Kadohata;\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation (book)\" title=\"Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation (book)\">\n   Journey to Topaz\n  </a>\n </i>\n by Yoshiko Uchida\n</p>\n",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Author website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.loissepahban.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.loissepahban.com/\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Publisher website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://us.macmillan.com/paperwishes/loissepahban\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://us.macmillan.com/paperwishes/loissepahban\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "reviews": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">\n   Reviews\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Brabander, Jennifer M.\n   <i>\n    The Horn Book Magazine\n   </i>\n   , May/June 2016, 112–13.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Hirahara, Naomi.\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     New York Times Book Review\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   , Jan. 15, 2016.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lois-sepahban/paper-wishes/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Kirkus Reviews\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   , Sept. 16, 2015.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Phelan, Carolyn.\n   <i>\n    Booklist\n   </i>\n   , Oct. 15, 2015, 59.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <i>\n    Publishers Weekly\n   </i>\n   , Nov. 2, 2015, 85–86.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Raklovits, Amanda.\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.slj.com/2015/11/reviews/books/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban-slj-review/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     School Library Journal\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   , Nov. 27, 2015.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Stevenson, Deborah.\n   <i>\n    Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books\n   </i>\n   69.6 (Feb. 2016): 325.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "footnotes": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n   Footnotes\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n   <ol class=\"references\">\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Biographical information from Sepahban's website,\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.loissepahban.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://www.loissepahban.com/\n      </a>\n      , and from Natalie Aguirre's interview with her, \"Lois Sepahban Interview and Paper Wishes Giveaway,\"\n      <i>\n       Literary Rambles: Spotlighting Children's Book Authors, Agents, and Publishing\n      </i>\n      , Jan. 18, 2016,\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.literaryrambles.com/2016/01/lois-sepahban-interview-and-paper.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://www.literaryrambles.com/2016/01/lois-sepahban-interview-and-paper.html\n      </a>\n      , both accessed on September 9, 2016.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Naomi Hirahara,\n      <i>\n       New York Times Book Review\n      </i>\n      , Jan. 15, 2016,\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/books/review/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban.html\n      </a>\n      ; Amanda Raklovits,\n      <i>\n       School Library Journal\n      </i>\n      , Nov. 27, 2015,\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.slj.com/2015/11/reviews/books/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban-slj-review/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://www.slj.com/2015/11/reviews/books/paper-wishes-by-lois-sepahban-slj-review/\n      </a>\n      ;\n      <i>\n       Kirkus Reviews\n      </i>\n      , Sept. 16, 2015,\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lois-sepahban/paper-wishes/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lois-sepahban/paper-wishes/\n      </a>\n      , all accessed on Sept. 9, 2016.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Deborah Stevenson,\n      <i>\n       Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books\n      </i>\n      69.6 (Feb. 2016): 325.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Carolyn Phelan,\n      <i>\n       Booklist\n      </i>\n      , Oct. 15, 2015, 59; Jennifer M. Brabander,\n      <i>\n       The Horn Book Magazine\n      </i>\n      , May/June 2016, 113, both accessed on Sept. 9, 2016.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n   </ol>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.156 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.157 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 428/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2663/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6885/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1441/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3689-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309151227 and revision id 28194\n -->\n </div>\n</div>",
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