The Reunion

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The Reunion(Orca 2002) — In a small multicultural town on Vancouver Island during WW II, a Sikh girl and her Japanese friend have a fight, and before they can make up, all the Japanese-Canadians are taken away. Years later, two modern girls hope it’s not too late to repair the old friendship and their own as well. For ages 8-11.

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Tamara Hansen, teacher-librarian

I couldn’t put [the book] down until it was finished. Not only did I enjoy the story, but I was fascinated with the local history.

Awards and Recognitions

The Reunion was nominated for a 2004 Chocolate Lily Award (see Chocolate Lily Awards website).

The photograph below and interviews with kids (now grown-up) who lived in the real-life town of Paldi helped inspire Jacqueline to write The Reunion.

Paldi School, 1941
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