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Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl, Dear America: The Diary of Piper Davis documents the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the start of World War II, and the introduction of Japanese internment camps. Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson writes this series, The Fences Between Us, for students in fourth through seventh grades. Voiceover artist Elaina Erika Davis performs this story beautifully. She puts all of her passion into each word, embodying how Piper must have felt during these trying times. Her leisurely pacing is ideal for young listeners. This series gives kids a chance to learn about history while being engrossed in good, character-driven stories.

Publisher's Summary

One fateful day in December, Piper Davis awaits news of her brother, a soldier on the battleship Arizona, stationed in Pearl Harbor. As Piper learns about the harsh realities of war, she understands that she has the power to make a difference.

©2010 Kirby Larson (P)2010 Scholastic Audio

Critic Reviews

"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history." (Publishers Weekly)
"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations.... A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." (Children's Book Review)

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A wonderful educational story

This story was a well read and I absolutely love how detailed she gets in what was going on in that area. This book was so much fun to listen to, you really felt like you were there experiencing everything that was going on!!!