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Combine the remote islands of Japan’s Inland Sea, extraordinary art, and a mother-teen travel team. The result? A unique travel memoir: A Girls’ Guide to the Islands by Suzanne Kamata. The author details the trials and tribulations of traveling with her deaf, wheelchair-bound bicultural daughter, Lilia, in this honest account.
Little known to many abroad, Japan boasts a world-class art collection on many of its secluded islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Many are larger than life, located outdoors, and towering over its visitors. Kamata notices Lilia’s growing interest in art and decides to open her daughter’s world by traveling with her to explore the islands.
Though the author lives in Japan, traveling to these remote locations can prove challenging, especially with a wheelchair. Despite accessibility issues, the mother-daughter travel team persists. They try delicious new foods, meet friendly hosts, appreciate beautiful art, and revel in their adventures. Through it all, they develop a deeper bond in their parent-teen relationship through shared experiences. This delightful book reminds readers of the restorative and educational nature of travel as well as the unshakable love between a mother and her child.
A Girls’ Guide to the Islands is part of the Gemma Open Door series for literacy learners. A quick read at about 10,000 words, the book is targeted to young adults. However, given the mother and daughter main characters, the book would also appeal to teens and adults as well. Published by Gemma Open Door for Literacy, Inc., find A Girls’ Guide to the Islands at Amazon and other book retailers.
About the Author
Suzanne Kamata has published ten books including the award-winning YA novel Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, 2013); Screaming Divas (Merit Press, 2014) which features a multicultural cast of characters, and was named to the ALA Rainbow List, and The Mermaids of Lake Michigan (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2017), which was recently awarded an IPPY Award. She lives in Japan with her Japanese husband and bicultural twins. www.suzannekamata.com