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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tallgrass</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Sandra Dallas</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">St. Martin's Press</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2007</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">305</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Awards</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Western Writers of America Spur Award</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/tallgrass/oclc/77116594/editions?editionsView=true&amp;referer=br\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/tallgrass/oclc/77116594/editions?editionsView=true&amp;referer=br</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Tallgrass;\nAuthor:Sandra Dallas;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:St. Martin's Press;\nPubDate:2007;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:305;\nAwards:Western Writers of America Spur Award;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/tallgrass/oclc/77116594/editions?editionsView=true&amp;referer=br\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/tallgrass/oclc/77116594/editions?editionsView=true&amp;referer=br</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Tallgrass</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Sandra Dallas</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Interest Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Grades 9-12; Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Change versus tradition; Coming of age; Dangers of ignorance; Female roles; Loss of innocence</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Historical Fiction</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Point-of-View/Protagonist Characteristics</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">told from perspective of teenage girl</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Widely available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Has Teaching Aids?</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Ratings and Warnings</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Some sexual content</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Colorado</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1940s</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Facility</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Granada (Amache) [4] - Amache, Colorado</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Tallgrass;\nCreators:Sandra Dallas;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Change versus tradition; Coming of age; Dangers of ignorance; Female roles; Loss of innocence;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:told from perspective of teenage girl;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:Some sexual content;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Colorado;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:Granada (Amache) [4] - Amache, Colorado;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>Coming-of-age novel by Sandra Dallas set in rural Colorado during World War II when the life of adolescent girl is transformed by the arrival of Japanese Americans from the West Coast in a nearby concentration camp.\n</p><p>The protagonist of the novel is Rennie Stroud, thirteen when the war begins, who lives on a beet farm in the small town of Ellis, Colorado, near Tallgrass, a Japanese American concentration camp modeled on <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Amache_(Granada)\" title=\"Amache (Granada)\">Amache</a>, with her parents and grandmother. Two events roil the small town: the rape and murder of a local handicapped girl and the hiring of a few <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> by town farmers, including Loyal, Rennie's father. The two events come to be conflated in the minds of many in the community as many hold anti-Japanese attitudes and reflexively blame inmates for the murder. Many townspeople, adults and schoolchildren alike, give the Strouds a hard time for hiring the Nisei. Tension in the town continues to build when the Strouds later hire a Nisei teenager named Daisy to help with household chores. Initially suspicious of the \"Japanese,\" Rennie befriends the workers and becomes close to Daisy, causing a gradual shift in her and her family's—and eventually the town's—attitudes towards the camp and its inmates. Though the camp looms over the action in the novel, we enter the camp only once—a brief visit by the Strouds to pass on condolences to the family of one of their former farmworkers who is killed in an accident after joining the army—and Daisy and her brother Carl, one of the farmworkers, are the only significant Japanese American characters.\n</p><p>Author Sandra Dallas (1939– ) learned of the camps in the 1960s, when she visited the Amache site while pheasant hunting. Further research led her to discover that one of journalism classes at the University of Denver was held in a building that had once been a part of Amache. After graduating, she worked for twenty-five years as a staff member—and first female bureau chief—for <i>Business Week</i> magazine, covering the Rocky Mountain area. She then turned to writing fiction and has published thirteen novels, two non-fiction books, and two children's books. Many of her books incorporate the history of the West, and many, including <i>Tallgrass</i>, include quilters. Dallas lives and works in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado.\n</p><p>Mainstream reviews for the book were almost uniformly positive, with <i>Publishers Weekly</i> and Lesa M. Holstine of <i>Library Journal</i> citing Dallas's facility with period and regional language and ability to transport readers to the 1940s. Robert Saunderson of <i>School Library Journal</i> cites it as having \"all the elements of a tale well told: complex characters, intriguing plot, atmospheric details, pathos, humor, and memorable turns of phrase.\" <i>Kirkus Review</i>, calls it a \"well-spun but familiar tale,\" noting the predictability of story arc.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> <i>Tallgrass</i> was honored with a Western Writers of America Spur Award.\n</p><p>In 2014, Dallas published her second children's book, <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Red_Berries,_White_Clouds,_Blue_Sky_(book)\" title=\"Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky (book)\">Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky</a></i> as a follow up of sorts to <i>Tallgrass</i>. <i>Red Berries</i> features a twelve-year-old Nisei protagonist who is incarcerated at Tallgrass and incorporates some of the characters from the earlier book.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Camp_Nine_(book)\" title=\"Camp Nine (book)\">Camp Nine</a></i> by Vivienne Schiffer; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Garden_of_Stones_(book)\" title=\"Garden of Stones (book)\">Garden of Stones</a></i> by Sophie Littlefield; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain_(book)\" title=\"Heart Mountain (book)\">Heart Mountain</a></i> by Gretel Ehrlich.\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Publisher website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://us.macmillan.com/tallgrass/sandradallas\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://us.macmillan.com/tallgrass/sandradallas</a>.\n</p><p>Author website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://sandradallas.com\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://sandradallas.com</a>.\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Reviews\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Block, Allison. <i>Booklist</i>, Jan. 1 &amp; 15, 2007, 49. [\"Here she renders a dramatic (and surprisingly droll) coming-of-age tale in which ignorance breeds malice, with brutal results.\"]\n</p><p>Holstine, Lesa M. <i>Library Journal</i>, Feb. 15, 2007, 109. [\"Dallas's strong, provocative novel is a moving examination of prejudice and fear that addresses issues of community discord, abuse, and rape.\"]\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sandra-dallas/tallgrass/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Kirkus Reviews</a></i>, Apr. 3, 2007. [\"A well-spun but familiar tale.\"]\n</p><p><i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Feb. 26, 2007, 56. [\"Dallas's terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat.\"]\n</p><p>Saunderson, Robert. <i>School Library Journal</i>, Sept. 2007, 228. [\"… has all the elements of a tale well told: complex characters, intriguing plot, atmospheric details, pathos, humor, and memorable turns of phrase.\"]\n</p>\n</div></div><div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\"><i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Feb. 26, 2007, 56; Lesa M. Holstine, <i>Library Journal</i>, Feb. 15, 2007, 109; Robert Saunderson, <i>School Library Journal</i>, Sept. 2007, 228; <i>Kirkus Review</i>, Apr. 3, 2007, accessed on June 15, 2015 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sandra-dallas/tallgrass/\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sandra-dallas/tallgrass/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.132 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.133 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 374/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2443/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 7276/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1410/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2273-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309151518 and revision id 28220\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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