Love in the Library

Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura


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Love in the Library by Tokuda-Hall, Maggie
Regular price $18.99
Regular price Sale price $18.99
"A powerful must-read."--Booklist (starred review)

Set in an incarceration camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events, this moving love story finds hope in heartbreak.

To fall in love is already a gift. But to fall in love in a place like Minidoka, a place built to make people feel like they weren't human--that was miraculous.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tama is sent to live in a War Relocation Center in the desert. All Japanese Americans from the West Coast--elderly people, children, babies--now live in prison camps like Minidoka. To be who she is has become a crime, it seems, and Tama doesn't know when or if she will ever leave. Trying not to think of the life she once had, she works in the camp's tiny library, taking solace in pages bursting with color and light, love and fairness. And she isn't the only one. George waits each morning by the door, his arms piled with books checked out the day before. As their friendship grows, Tama wonders: Can anyone possibly read so much? Is she the reason George comes to the library every day? Maggie Tokuda-Hall's beautifully illustrated, elegant love story features a photo of the real Tama and George--the author's grandparents--along with an afterword and other back matter for readers to learn more about a time in our history that continues to resonate.

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 02/15/2022
Pages: 40
Weight: 0.98lbs
Size: 9.70h x 10.90w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781536204308
Age: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 516386 / Love in the Library

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 11/29/2021
School Library Journal 12/01/2021 pg. 82
Booklist 12/01/2021 pg. 52
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2022 pg. 100
Shelf Awareness 01/21/2022
BookPage 02/01/2022

About the Author
Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies, and the novel The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea. She lives in Oakland, California.

Yas Imamura is the illustrator of The Very Oldest Pear Tree by Nancy I. Sanders, Winged Wonders by Meeg Pincus, and other books for children. She lives in Portland, Oregon.