Nora & Kettle (1) (A Paper Stars Novel)

January 15, 2020 - Comment

GOLD MEDAL WINNER Independent Book Awards What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason? Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to―the

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER Independent Book Awards
 
What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?
 
Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to―the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them”―things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.
 
Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora―the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.
 
For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.
 
In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, NORA AND KETTLE explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.

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Anonymous says:

Beautifully written and heartbreaking story Nora And Kettle is an historical young adult fictional tale that is quite moving and beautifully written. Set in 1950s America the story centres on Nora, a 17 year old girl from a well off family who suffers violent abuse from her civil rights lawyer father, and Kettle, a 17 year old homeless boy who is Japanese-American.Nora is a very likeable character. She is strong and courageous, enduring years of brutality and cruelty from her father. It is only the love of her younger sister…

Anonymous says:

The Writing is Spectacular Young adult fiction is not particularly my genre of choice but historical fiction is. The historical context of the Japanese-American internment during WWII was interesting in that it focused on the treatment of these children. The author slips in some philosophical explanations for the world’s repeated historical atrocities: “The cruelty Ernie showed today scares me, reminds me and warns me not to forget what men are capable of. And not even bad men. Just ordinary men.” The writing is…

Anonymous says:

A beautiful heartbreaking story It looks like Nora is from a perfect home. Her father is a well-known civil rights lawyer, there’s enough money to spend and she has a sister she adores. Only Nora’s father might stand up for those who need him in the outside world, but at home he’s a tyrant. Nora is afraid of his beatings and she wants to protect her sister Frankie from more life-threatening abuse. When nothing and nobody can protect her and her sister any longer Nora tries to find a way out of her dire situation…

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