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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:The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis;\nCreators:Kirby Larson;\nInterestLevel:Grades 3-5; Grades 7-8;\nReadingLevel:Grades 3-5; Grades 7-8;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:730L;\nTheme:Coming of age; Injustice; Loss of innocence;\nGenre:Children's; Historical Fiction;\nPoV:Told from perspective of teenage white girl during World War II;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Seattle, Washington;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:Minidoka [8] - Hunt, Idaho; Puyallup (Camp Harmony) [11] - Puyallup, Washington;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Title:The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis;\nAuthor:Kirby Larson;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:Dear America;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Scholastic;\nPubDate:2010;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:313;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n  <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis/oclc/482552712\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   http://www.worldcat.org/title/fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis/oclc/482552712\n  </a>\n  ;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Novel for elementary and middle schoolers about a young white teenage girl's experience of World War II including the Japanese American removal and incarceration told in the form of a diary.\n <i>\n  The Fences Between Us\n </i>\n is part of the\n <i>\n  Dear America\n </i>\n series, all of which are written in the form of diaries by young women/girls from various key moments in U.S. history.\n</p>\n<p>\n Piper Davis is the youngest daughter of Rev. Emery Davis, the pastor of the Seattle Japanese Baptist Church. Piper's mother had died when she was a baby, so she had been raised in part by a governess, Mrs. Harada. As the story begins, Piper's brother Hank has just enlisted in the navy, while her sister, Margie, is a college student. The thirteen-year-old Piper, an avid photographer, has a best friend, Trixie, and a crush on a classmate Bud Greene. On weekends, she helps her father with church Sunday schools.\n</p>\n<p>\n The Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor is doubly shocking for the Davis family: beyond the surprise of the attack itself, they know that Hank had been stationed there, on the\n <i>\n  U.S.S. Arizona\n </i>\n . As they wait for news, Rev. Davis goes to the aid of several families whose husbands/fathers have been arrested by the FBI, including Mr. Harada and the father of Piper's friend, Betty Sato. Tensions rise in the community and at school, where some of Piper's friends express anti-Japanese feelings. Piper is confused, on the one hand, supporting security measures aimed at Japanese Americans, but knowing that people like the Haradas and Satos are just as American as she. We see the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans through Piper's eyes, as she makes frequent visits to\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Puyallup_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Puyallup (detention facility)\">\n  Puyallup\n </a>\n with her father. Resentful at times that her father seems to care more about the incarcerated Japanese Americans than his own family, she is later shocked when her father decides to move to Idaho to minister to his congregation incarcerated at\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Minidoka\" title=\"Minidoka\">\n  Minidoka\n </a>\n . Between the Japanese American elements of the story, Piper writes of a first boyfriend, girl friends at school, and older brothers, both Hank and Jim, Betty's older brother.\n</p>\n<p>\n Author Kirby Larson, a Seattle native, was inspired in part to write the book by the story of Rev.\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Emery_Andrews\" title=\"Emery Andrews\">\n  Emery Andrews\n </a>\n , the real life pastor of Seattle Japanese Baptist Church whose story roughly parallels Rev. Davis's.\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Ada_Mahon\" title=\"Ada Mahon\">\n  Ada Mahon\n </a>\n , the principal of Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, is also portrayed in the novel. Larson later wrote a second book with the incarceration as its backdrop,\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Dash (book)\" title=\"Dash (book)\">\n   Dash\n  </a>\n </i>\n (2014), about a 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 was forced to leave her beloved dog behind when she and her family are forcibly removed.\n</p>\n<p>\n Reviewers praised Piper's \"convincing narration\" and believable voice and the integration of historical detail into the narrative.\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 Terry Hong of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's\n <i>\n  BookDragon\n </i>\n blog and Kim Dare in\n <i>\n  School Library Journal\n </i>\n highlighted the many supplementary materials included in the book and on the publisher's website.\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 One reviewer found the ending \"a bit abrupt,\" while another found that the \"diary format forces the narrative into some unrealistic situations.\"\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 Tamiko Nimura in the\n <i>\n  International Examiner\n </i>\n notes that Japanese Americans might be disappointed that the story is told through the eyes of a white protagonist, rather than a Japanese American one.\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<div class=\"section\" id=\"Historical_Errors.2FImplausibilities\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Historical_Errors.2FImplausibilities\">\n   Historical Errors/Implausibilities\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   March 18, 1942 diary entry: Piper notes Executive Order 9102, which formed 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), claimed to be \"the people responsible for moving people out of the military zones.\" While the WRA administered the concentration camps that held the removed Japanese Americans, it did not oversee the forced removal of Japanese Americans; this was the responsibility of the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Wartime_Civil_Control_Administration\" title=\"Wartime Civil Control Administration\">\n    Wartime Civil Control Administration\n   </a>\n   , a civilian branch of the army.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   While mostly accurate, two numerical claims about Japanese Americans in the \"Life in America in 1941\" section are incorrect. On page 274, it is claimed that 90% of Japanese Americans lived in California. If one includes Hawai'i, the figure is about 33%; if one includes only the continental U.S., the figure is about 74%. On page 280, it is claimed that 1,000\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">\n    Nisei\n   </a>\n   volunteered for military service from Minidoka. The actual figure based on official WRA records is 594—219 who volunteered prior to January 20, 1944, and 375 who were drafted after that date. Minidoka did have the largest number of volunteers of the any of the WRA camps and also suffered the highest number of casualties.\n   <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref5_5-0\">\n    <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref5-5\">\n     [5]\n    </a>\n   </sup>\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/Dust of Eden (book)\" title=\"Dust of Eden (book)\">\n     Dust of Eden\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Mariko Nagai;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Weedflower (book)\" title=\"Weedflower (book)\">\n     Weedflower\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Sylvia Kadohata\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
    "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   Scholastic web site:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/fences-between-us\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/fences-between-us\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Piper Davis's scrapbook on Scholastic site:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/piperscrapbook.htm#/0\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/piperscrapbook.htm#/0\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Author website:\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.kirbylarson.com\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.kirbylarson.com\n   </a>\n   .\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Dear America Series- Kirby Larson interview\n   <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoewO0Y3KVo\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoewO0Y3KVo\n   </a>\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   Dare, Kim.\n   <i>\n    School Library Journal\n   </i>\n   , Dec. 2010, 118. [\"Piper's convincing narration allows readers to appreciate the dilemma that occurs when individual rights seem to clash with national security.\"]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Engberg, Gillian.\n   <i>\n    Booklist\n   </i>\n   , July 1, 2010, 60. [\"Larson deftly folds historical detail into Piper's lively diary entries....\"]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941-by-kirby-larson\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Hong, Terry\n   </a>\n   .\n   <i>\n    BookDragon: Books for the Multi-Culti Reader\n   </i>\n   . Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Dec. 7, 2013. [\"The fictional diary expounds and entertains, revealing a 13-year-old's West Coast experiences during World War II; the ending \"Life in America in 1941\" section illuminates and educates, providing readers resonating historical and personal context to one of America's most shameful wartime decisions.\"]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kirby-larson/fences-between-us/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     Kirkus Reviews\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   , Aug. 15, 2010. [\"Piper's voice is believably that of a young girl in the war years, and though the narrative is somewhat episodic, it has plenty of emotional resonance.\"]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Nimura, Tamiko.\n   <i>\n    International Examiner\n   </i>\n   , June 20–July 3, 2012, 12.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Reddy, Ann.\n   <i>\n    VOYA\n   </i>\n   , Oct. 2010, 352. [\"The diary format forces the narrative into some unrealistic situations, but the formulaic structure provides a comfort level for readers familiar with the series.\"]\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/dear-america-the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    Shanley-Dillman, Chris\n   </a>\n   . teenreads.com, Sept, 1, 2010. [\"The ending feels a bit abrupt, leaving readers yearning to know what transpires next....\"]\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      Kim Dare,\n      <i>\n       School Library Journal\n      </i>\n      , Dec. 2010, 118;\n      <i>\n       Kirkus Reviews\n      </i>\n      , Aug. 15, 2010, accessed on Dec. 18, 2015 at\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kirby-larson/fences-between-us/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kirby-larson/fences-between-us/\n      </a>\n      ; Gillian Engberg,\n      <i>\n       Booklist\n      </i>\n      , July 2010, 60\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      Terry Hong, BookDragon: Books for the Multi-Culti Reader, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Dec. 7, 2013, accessed on Dec. 18, 2015 at\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941-by-kirby-larson/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941-by-kirby-larson/\n      </a>\n      ; Dare,\n      <i>\n       School Library Journal\n      </i>\n      .\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      Chris Shanley-Dillman, teenreads.com, Sept. 1, 2010, accessed on Dec. 18, 2015 at\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/dear-america-the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/dear-america-the-fences-between-us-the-diary-of-piper-davis-seattle-washington-1941\n      </a>\n      ; Ann Reddy,\n      <i>\n       VOYA\n      </i>\n      , Oct. 2010, 352.\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      Tamiko Nimura,\n      <i>\n       International Examiner\n      </i>\n      , June 20–July 3, 2012, 12.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref5-5\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref5_5-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Population figures are taken from the 1940 U.S. Census and are thus approximate for the state of affairs in the spring of 1942. Military service figures are from\n      <i>\n       The Evacuated People: A Quantitative Description\n      </i>\n      (Washington, D.C.: War Relocation Authority/U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. [1946]): 128–29.\n     </span>\n    </li>\n   </ol>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.168 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.172 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 465/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2791/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 7470/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1626/2097152 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:2291-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150532 and revision id 28224\n -->\n </div>\n</div>",
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