Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.
These displacements keep occurring until Kiku finds herself "stuck" back in time. Living alongside her young grandmother and other Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class. She witnesses the lives of Japanese-Americans who were denied their civil liberties and suffered greatly, but managed to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive.
Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory.
Photographs of the author’s grandmother and mother. Author’s note. Glossary. Further reading. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Oct 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Asian/Pacific American Award Youth Literature Honor Book
8 1/2" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General
Time travel, Relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II (1939–1945), Japanese internment, Internment camps, Incarceration camps, Grandmothers and granddaughters, Mothers and daughters, Intergenerational trauma, Language barriers, Twentieth-century US history, Tanforan Racetrack (internment camp), Topaz War Relocation Center (internment camp), Racism, Resistance, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Lesbians, LGBTQ,