The Fences Between Us

The Fences Between Us

The Diary of Piper Davis

Book - 2010
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Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in December 1941 when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father--the pastor for a Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle--follows his congregants to an Idaho internment camp, taking her along with him. Includes historical notes.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2010
ISBN: 9780545224185
Branch Call Number: jFIC Lars
Characteristics: 313, [4] p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Diary of Piper Davis


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Oct 24, 2016

Piper Davis is in 7th grade when her beloved brother Hank enlists in the U.S. Navy in June 1941. Her world falls apart when Hank is aboard the USS Arizona as the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in December. As American fury against the Japanese grow, Piper's father is caught up in the fate of his congregation at a Japanese Baptist Church. When her father decides to follow his congregation to their interment camp in Idaho, Piper is forced to leave her Seattle life behind. This fast-moving novel, based on a real minister named Emory Andrews, illustrates how one family can take part in many aspects of a war from rationing at home to working in a munitions factory while a husband is training in England to serving on a naval ship in the Pacific to working for a population that has been incarcerated by the U.S. government.

Sep 14, 2016

Very good book, with today's discussion on allowing Muslims to immigrate, this gives a good perspective on how painting all members of one nationality or religion with a broad brush. If I were a teacher this would be a good discussion topic. I appreciate how members of a family would be fearful when a member of the family is in the armed services especially when they don't hear from them for months on end. Lots of things to think about while reading this book.

Nov 28, 2015

This was a good book! It told about the way the Japanese were treated once the war came out!! Piper made friends with Betty a Japanese girl and when Piper and her father move the camp she found out what hardships that the Japanese faced!!

Jun 14, 2013

This book was very good. It kept me guessing and due to prior knowledge the book didnt turn out quite how i expected. Nevertheless i recomend this book to all history lovers.

BPLNextBestKids Dec 27, 2011

It is December 7,1941 and the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. As a result, America is now at war and life for some of the residents of Seattle, Washington is about to change. Due to the tension between America and Japan, the Japanese citizens of Seattle are going to be sent to an incarceration camp in Idaho. Piper's father who is the pastor at a Japanese Baptist church, decides that he and Piper need to help and support the members of the congregation. They decide to leave Seattle and join them at the camp. The treatment of her Japanese friends upsets Piper immensely. While Piper is unhappy about leaving everything that is familiar, she becomes aware that she needs to be supportive and try to make a difference in the lives of her friends.
Reviewed by BPL staff- G.V.

Apr 05, 2011

this is the best book, i have ever read!! Next to Voyage on the Great Titanic and To Stand On My Own, this book rocks!!


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