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-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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“This book captures the essence of the Nisei soldiers’ story for young people. It will add to our nation’s understanding of who our neighbor is and who we are as a people. This is a truly inspiring story for young and old alike.”
Eric Saul, Washington, DC, Historian and Museum Director
"Based on true events, The Plum Neighbor is an endearing and heartwarming story, not only for its historic importance, but also for its portrayal of human decency. Highly recommended!"
Graham Salisbury, Portland, OR, author of UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN and EYES OF THE EMPEROR
Bobby Bates and his family enjoy a warm friendship with their Japanese American neighbors. When the neighbors are suddenly removed to a guarded camp, the Bates protect their belongings until they return. Bobby joins the Army and finds himself trapped in an impossible battle. His unit is rescued and he makes an unexpected discovery. "The Plum Neighbor" is historical fiction based on stories passed down through the author's family. The inspirational example of courage, community and patriotism, set by heroes in the all-Japanese American 100th/442nd RCT, still rings true today.
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The story of Kenny Higashi reaches from the small town he’s never left all the way to Europe’s battlefields.
“A breathtakingly tender story of both person and homeland, A Place for Harvest humanizes the incredible diversity of the Japanese American experience. . . . An absolute essential read.”—Katie Yamasaki, author of FISH FOR JIMMY
“Hoshino’s lovely, detailed illustrations perfectly complement Harris’s text and transport us from the Higashi Farm and Spearfish to the battlegrounds of Europe. . . . A Place for Harvest is a sincere telling of Kenny Higashi’s life and is an important addition to the collection of picture books teaching about the Japanese American experience during World War II.”—Lisa Tsukamoto, Nichi Bei Weekly
Read about him in my newest book, A PLACE FOR HARVEST: THE STORY OF KENNY HIGASHI!