• 144 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8"
  • 9780807517383
  • October 2018

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  • 9780807517406
  • May 2015

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  • This vividly wrought story of displacement, told from Mina’s first-person perspective, begins as it did for so many Japanese-Americans: with the bombs dropping on Pearl Harbor…An engaging novel-in-poems that imagines one earnest, impassioned teenage girl’s experience of the Japanese-American internment.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Nagai does a wonderful job examining what it means to Mina and her family members to be American while not being treated as true citizens.

    - School Library Journal

  • This is an honest and thoughtful exploration of a complicated chapter in American history, and the book’s strong narrative voice and solid imagery will help contemporary readers understand those complexities.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Nagai’s writing is spare and rhythmic—it’s real poetry.

    - The Horn Book Magazine

Awards & Accolades

  • CCBC Choices 2015
  • One of 25 of the best new middle grade novels, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Best Older Fiction of 2014, Chicago Public Library
  • 2016 Arnold Adoff New Voices Poetry Award, Honor Book

Common Core

RL.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10 RH.6-8.1,2,3,4,5,6,8,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0
  • ATOS Level: 5.5