Love in the Library

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War is waging across the sea, and because of Tama’s Japanese American ethnicity, she’s being held at the Minidoka incarceration camp in Idaho, where many others like her share in the same fate. Barbed wire fences and guard towers remind her there’s no escape from this awful place. She is blessed to have a job at the library, where the books are as plentiful as the monotony of her days. They allow her to travel vicariously to other lands, to magical ones that offer her a seed of hope, along with George, a man who steals her heart and enables her to feel human again.

This is a unique story about a topic with which few children will be familiar. The content will broaden their knowledge about this tumultuous time in history. Not only will they uncover newfound truths about World War II, they’ll discover that hope lies even in the darkest of places.

The author notes that Love in the Library is a byproduct of her grandparents’ experience with incarceration during the war, making it a historically sound artifact. Educators of students ages six to ten will find it a valuable resource. Youth will be deeply touched by its content.

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Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 11-Jan-2022
ISBN 9781536204308
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Issue April 2022
Category Children's