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Book Description from Back CoverIn 1869, because of a war, a small group of Japanese come to California hoping to establish a tea and silk colony.
At first they are successful, but when troubles overturn their efforts, the leader and his family return to Japan. Left behind are thirty people, including a samurai and a nineteen-year-old girl.
Okei believes that Herr Schnell will return to California, to the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony, and she watches for him every night from .the top of a hill. She wants to go home.
Okei is seventeen years old when she comes to America and nineteen when she dies. She is a young girl who endeavors to live with dignity and grace, even in the face of bitter disappointment. For that, she will be remembered for years and years to come.
Background on the AuthorAward-winning author Joan Barsotti is a sought after story-teller at elementary schools all over California and writes children's books. She has a degree in child psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been teaching and speaking for over ten years. She and her husband Gael own and run an apple orchard/cider mill in beautiful Apple Hill in Camino, California.
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