J-Boys: Kazuo's World, Tokyo, 1965
in collaboration with the University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia
Apr. 2, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT
--with author Shogo Oketani and translator Avery Fischer Udagawa
"Kazuo Nakamoto's life in inner-city Tokyo is one of tea and tofu, of American TV and rock 'n' roll. Kazuo is nine. It is the mid-1960s, just after the Japan Olympics, and Kazuo dreams of being a track star. He hangs out with his buddies, goes to school, and helps with household chores. But Kazuo's world is changing. This bittersweet novel is a deft portrait of a year in a boy's life in a land and time far away, filled with universal concerns about fitting in, escaping the past (in this case World War II's lingering devastation), and growing up."--amazon.com
Grenade, 2018 Freeman Book Award Winner--Young Adult Middle School Literature
Apr. 11, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT
--with author Alan Gratz
"It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.
Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.
Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. He doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere.
Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that instant will change everything.
From the acclaimed author of Refugee comes this high-octane story of how fear can tear us apart, and how hope can tie us back together."--amazon.com
How to Find Authentic Books about Asia from Asia
Apr. 16, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT
--with David Jacobson
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