Lois Sepahban grew up in central California. She spent her childhood reading, climbing trees, and leading her brother and sister on hunts for buried treasures. She is married and has two children. She lives on a small farm in Kentucky where she has a barn that she fills with animals who need homes. Current residents include dogs, cats, and lots of sweet and fluffy chickens.
Category: middle grade
Genre: historical fiction
Themes: family, friendship, courage/bravery, dealing with change
Suggested for: ages 9-12, grades 3-6
Author's Time Zone: Eastern
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About the book: Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family’s life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It’s 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat, but she is caught and forced to abandon him. She is devastated but clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn’t until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can accept all that has happened to her family.
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