The Plum Neighbor

The Plum Neighbor

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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Bobby Bates and his family enjoy a warm friendship with their Japanese American neighbors, the Satos and their son, Henry. The two families live happily side by side, each growing different kinds of fruit. When the Satos are suddenly removed to a guarded camp, the Bates protect all their belongings and fruit trees until they might return. Bobby then joins the Army. In a dark forest far away from home, he becomes trapped in a battle that seems impossible to survive, until his battalion is courageously saved by the all-Japanese American 100th/442nd RCT. Bobby meets his rescuers with gratitude, and 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 of the “Greatest Generation”, still rings true today.

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Go For Broke National Education Center
Publication Year: 2019
Illustrator: Jini Zopf
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"The Plum Neighbor is a heartwarming story of friendship and tribute to the courage of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team." (veteran Lawson Sakai, Morgan Hill, CA, 442nd RCT, honored in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, 2020)
– Lawson Sakai
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