The Far Side of the Moon
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The Far Side of the Moon
Jonathan Pearce
A young Japanese nanny and an American boy find common ground during a drought in California in the 1870s.

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Genre: 

  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The story begins in the hills of California in 1871 where a small colony of Japanese people hopes to grow mulberry trees, cultivate tea bushes and develop rice paddies to bring ancient industries to the new world. The tale winds coming of age tenderness with economic, ethnic and class struggles into a whole that shows a meeting of cultures. Julius Ceasar Kuhl, son of a local farmer, and Kei, a Japanese servant to the German family entrepreneur, alternate telling their stories. This may be the only story with a comparison between Japanese and hillbilly music.

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