In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Gaijin, American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner – Graphic Novel – High School – This is one of the most powerful graphic novels I’ve read in a long while. It introduces a young man, Koji, who just learned that Pearl Harbor has been bombed. His father is away caring for family in Japan. His mother receives notice that Koji who is half Japanese is being sent to an internment camp. His mother joins him on this move losing most of the family’s belongings in the process. Koji is treated poorly by other young men at the internment camp because he is half white and half Japanese. He has many issues that arise with those teens. The illustrations in this book are so very powerful. I loved reading and watching how Koji grows up and learns how to be himself and accept that he knows how to act in the right way, even when he’s scared. Highly recommended.
Goodreads Summary: “With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly realizes that his home in San Francisco is no longer a welcoming one after Pearl Harbor is attacked. And once he’s sent to an internment camp, he learns that being half white at the camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese on the streets of an American city during WWII. Koji’s story, based on true events, is brought to life by Matt Faulkner’s cinematic illustrations that reveal Koji struggling to find his place in a tumultuous world-one where he is a prisoner of war in his own country.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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