After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the Japanese people in America were feared, even if they were citizens who had lived here their entire lives. Mitsi's friends started acting differently towards her, and no one wanted to hang out with her at school. Soon, the government decided that all Japanese people must be sent to relocation camps, which meant that Mitsi and her family had to leave their home behind. They were only allowed to take a few items that they could carry, and soon Mitsi discovered that this meant her dog Dash must stay behind.
In Dash (Lexile: 570; Interest Level: Grades 3-6), Kirby Larsen tells the story of what it is like for Mitsi to live during this time, and what she does to try to protect her beloved pet and her family. This 2015-2016 Indian Paintbrush Nominee is a touching historical fiction account based upon a true story. (256 p.)
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