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Tallgrass | [Sandra Dallas]

Tallgrass

During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers". Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair.
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Publisher's Summary

During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers".

Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest and best parts of the human heart.

©2007 Sandra Dallas; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2008

"Poignant." (Booklist)
"Compelling....Dallas' terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderful Listen"

    It was so good to really get immersed in a good listen!! The time was simpler and the characters revealed that. What was good was good and what was bad was bad. The main family exemplified strong values. They stood up for what they believed in and acted out in appropriate ways for what was wrong. I loved the scene where a number of men at night were going to "raid" the camp. In simple honesty, the wife started greeting the men by name, asking about family and work and such. Very simple, but very powerful. She knew and stated that if they were called out by name, they would be ashamed of what they were trying to do and leave. And that was exactly what happened. Simple, honest, powerful.

    For a story about how a Japanese internment camp changed a local village, there was not much about the "prisoners" in the story. There was enough to show how the main family tried to do what they could to provide a good example and interact with them as much as possible. But the Japanese families were just a side event, even though their existence was the basis of the story.

    Narration was excellent. This is definitely worth the credit. I will purchase more by this author.

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    Judy 11-17-14
    Judy 11-17-14

    Just love reading!

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    Would you try another book from Sandra Dallas and/or Lorelei King?

    Not sure


    Would you recommend Tallgrass to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not likely


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was Tallgrass worth the listening time?

    Some of it


    Any additional comments?

    Could have focused more on the Japanese families and the effects of their internment. I realize the author was attempting to show the unjust contempt of that small community, but more detail of the Japanese boys and their families would have enriched the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Crocker, Missouri, United States 01-18-13
    Jacqueline Crocker, Missouri, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, history, Mystery, combination"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tallgrass to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think a book is better than the movie and audible is better than the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration brought the characters to life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-02-12
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "History Lesson for a Younger Reader!"

    By younger, I mean someone between 14 and 18 . . . . and since I'm over 60, you'll understand that this simple, but well-presented story lacks the sophistication most adult readers require. It is set during WWII, and the story is told from the perspective of a rapidly maturing 13 year old. Tallgrass is a camp for Japanese Americans and the story revolves around a family whose morals create opportunities for them to befriend the relocated citizens; despite the opposition of most of their rural neighbors. It is definitely a "G" rated story -- with lots of little life lessons there for the taking. Despite the fact that I felt it was targeting a youthful audience, I listened to it all; mostly because the narration was quite good. The story line was predictable; the outcome expected. Sort of like "Little House in the Prairie."

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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good one!"

    I enjoyed this story and found it interesting. I love this time period and seeing how characters adjust to tension and change associated with other cultures/ races moving into their world.

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    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 02-08-11
    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Close to home..."

    With an internment camp just about 60 miles away from us in Arkansas, and the history of it so familiar here, this was a special treat to us. We loved this novel because it opened the lives up in the history of places like this. A great story and slightly different from some of her other novels...this one was close to home in time and geography, and also in comparison to issues today with cultural stigmas.

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    Tammy Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 12-08-10
    Tammy Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 12-08-10
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    "This was GREAT !!"

    i'm not a huge fan of sandra dallas, but this book is awesome. great narration as well. really good writing, fantastic story.

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    S. GOETZE MARYLAND 08-19-10
    S. GOETZE MARYLAND 08-19-10 Member Since 2010

    CANDYMAN

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    "NARRATOR L. KING MADE THIS BOOK GREAT!"

    VERY ENTERTAINING STORY OF A TIME THAT WAS REAL LIFE. HAPPY TIMES AND SAD TIMES. OLDER GENERATIONS PAID DEARLY FOR WHAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED TODAY..

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    Michele Hillsdale, NJ, USA 04-13-10
    Michele Hillsdale, NJ, USA 04-13-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Boring"

    Very predictable and boring story line. Skip this one.

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    Rebecka Dundee, OR, United States 05-13-09
    Rebecka Dundee, OR, United States 05-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "just ok"

    This was billed as a mystery novel, but lacks one key element of a good mystery--there is no way for the reader to figure out "who did it" until it's revealed at the end. I don't like this kind of revelatory ending. The main characters are thoughtfully written and compelling, but the plot was a bit thin.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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