Dallas, Sandra

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An essential American novel from Sandra Dallas, an unparalleled writer of our history, and our deepest emotions... During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers. This is Tallgrass as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things. Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest--and best--parts of the human heart.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312360193
Branch Call Number: FICTION DALLAS
Characteristics: ix, 305 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Tall grass


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Jul 26, 2014
  • carolecressman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As our librarian said, very much a "To Kill a Mockingbird" story. Thanks for the recommendation, Laurie.

Nov 13, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

During the dark days of World War II, President Roosevelt signed an act that required Japanese Americans to be relocated to interment camps for the duration of the war with Japan. A absolute act of racism, these people “looked” foreign and so were treated as such. In Tallgrass we read of one such camp in Colorado. Told from the point of view of a young girl who lives next to the camp, the story revolves around a horrific murder and the suspicions that arise because of it.

The small town of Ellis, Colorado and it’s inhabitants aren’t bad people, but fear and prejudice, plus strong patriotic feelings after Pearl Harbor, allow many to turn away from the few that persist in taunting and tormenting the Japanese. Life, as seen through the eyes of thirteen year old Rennie is changing and change can be at times confusing and scary.

This is my second book by Sandra Dallas and she is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her characters come alive on the pages and I know I will be thinking of them for some time to come. Her storytelling is rich and rewarding, and the addition of the mystery to this poignant story made for an engrossing read.

May 03, 2011
  • Randomrabbit rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Great inside to part of WW2 history not often found in books.


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