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Love in the Library

Cover: 'Love in the Library'

Staff Review: "Love in the Library" by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Yas Imamura


This picture book has readers meet Tama and George, two Japanese Americans being held in a prison camp called Minidoka. Based on the true story of the author's family being held in a similar camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, readers follow Tama as she struggles with the unjust and cruel conditions of the camp. Working in the camp's library, she meets George, who comes every day to check out books.

This picture book not only shows the history of the Japanese Americans who had to live in such a cruel camp, but it also shows the power of books and human connection. I found so many beautiful quotes in this book, including one the author shares was in her grandmother's diary: "The miracle is in all of us." This is a must read!

Audience: children | Genre: fiction, picture book

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