In ELA class were are currently reading the book So Far From The Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. It is about a Japanese girl, named Yoko. She and her family try to survive during WWII. Yoko, her mom, and her older sister are trying to escape North Korea and leave for Japan, which has just recently lost the war. During this Hideyo (the older brother) is trying to get to Seoul. During Yoko’s journey to escape she must face many hardships such as painful injuries, lack of food, and family turmoil. This book is written by Yoko Kawashima Watkins who currently lives in Cape Cod. This is an autobiography of real life events that happened to the author.