Chiyo’s struggle to live up to societal and gender-based expectations while also following her heart feels genuine and cheer-worthy…Chiyo’s affection for Emily Grace fascinates, and the message of friendship and peace between nations endures.
Fans of the first book will enjoy following Emily Grace across the world to her new home—and getting an intriguing look at Japan’s own project to send dolls to the U.S. in exchange.
—The Horn Book
The cultural differences arising from the Japanese setting here will intrigue readers, while Chiyo’s personality, emotions, and difficulties with Hoshi make her an engaging character…An appealing choice for historical fiction fans.
Doll aficionados, those who like boarding school books, and fans of the first title will not be disappointed.
—School Library Journal
Chiyo must make decisions to protect the doll and to honor her family’s vision for her.
Readers will identify with Chiyo’s struggle to make new friends and her excitement at being chosen to be in charge of the American doll that is designated for her school.
—School Library Connection