Saturday, July 2, 2011
Orchards by Holly Thompson
After a classmate commits suicide because of being ostracized by the rest of the girls in her class, Kana is sent to Japan for the summer to be with relatives. Feeling guilty about how she didn't see the signs or make any effort to help the girl, Kana is also unhappy about being sent away. She has to spend her summer in school and helping with the harvest at her family's orchard. Slowly she begins to come to terms with her role in the suicide and her feelings about it, only to face another tragedy back at home.