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 the Author
Matt Faulkner, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is an acclaimed illustrator who has written and illustrated a number of children's books, including Gaijin: American Prisoner of War, The Moon Clock, Black Belt, and A Taste of Colored Water. Matt lives with his wife, Kris Remenar, an author and children's librarian, and their children, in southeast Michigan. Visit him at www.mattfaulkner.com.
2014 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner
2014 ALSC Graphic Novels Reading List
2015 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
"Powerful . . . Matt Faulkner tells his tale with fierce graphics and moving delicacy."—George Takei
"Amazing art and a moving story drew me into this compelling, historically important graphic novel."—Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
"Matt Faulkner has crafted a beautifully drawn novel that simmers with rage."—Matt Phelan, author-illustrator of The Storm in the Barn, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
"This is an important book that should be in every collection."—VOYA
"An accessible account about a dark-and still too-little-known-moment in American history."—Kirkus Reviews