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Dawn Raid



by
Vaeluaga Smith
None
Mat Hunkin

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Levine Querido
Imprint
Arthur A. Levine
ISBN
9781646140411
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Cruelty to Animals, Violence: Mild Violence
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"Imagine this: You're having an amazing family holiday, one where everyone is there and all 18 of you are squeezed into one house. All of sudden it's 4 o'clock in the morning and there's banging and yelling and screaming. The police are in the house pulling people out of bed ..."

Sofia is like most 12-year-old girls in New Zealand. How is she going to earn enough money for those boots? WHY does she have to give that speech at school? Who is she going to be friends with this year?

It comes as a surprise to Sofia and her family when her big brother, Lenny, starts talking about protests, "overstayers", and injustices against Pacific Islanders by the government. Inspired by the Black Panthers in America, a group has formed called the Polynesian Panthers, who encourage immigrant and Indigenous families across New Zealand to stand up for their rights. Soon the whole family becomes involved in the movement.

Told through Sofia's diary entries, with illustrations throughout, Dawn Raid is the story of one ordinary girl living in extraordinary times, learning how to stand up and fight."Historical note, with photographs. Glossary. Bibliography.Black-and-white illustrations. "

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Cruelty to Animals, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

8 2/5" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Epistolary, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction

Topics

New Zealand. Polynesians. Civil rights. Emigration and immigration. Protest movements. Brothers and sisters. The 1970s. Families. Family life. Twentieth-century race relations. Diaries. Middle schools. Indigenous peoples. Pacific Islanders. Polynesian Panthers. Activism.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

At age twelve, Sofia is beyond excited when the first McDonald’s restaurant opens in New Zealand, and she records her delight in her diary. Over the next sixth months, she uses the diary to record family mishaps, her love of go-go boots, and her growing awareness of politics and human rights abuses. It is 1976, and the New Zealand government is cracking down on “overstayers,” immigrants who came for work at the encouragement of the government but stayed after their visas expired. Sofia’s dad is Samoan and her mom, Pakeha (a New Zealander of European descent), but it is not until her older brother joins the Polynesian Panthers that Sofia learns about rights abuses targeting Indigenous families. Early in the novel, Sofia writes a school assignment, a speech about herself, and she is selected to represent the school in a district-wide contest; the novel closes as Sofia gives her competition speech and, through it, spells out her own growth as an activist. New Zealand history and the Dawn Raids will be unfamiliar to most American readers, so the diary format works well—Sofia writes about what she learns as she learns it, providing readers with the necessary historical information. Smith, of Pacific Islander, Scottish, and Irish heritage, authentically describes the culture of a mixed-race New Zealander, filling the book with details of language, customs, and food. Hunkin’s lively line drawings throughout help set the novel in the 1970s (would contemporary readers be able to picture the much-coveted go-go boots without art?). MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

At age twelve, Sofia is beyond excited when the first McDonald’s restaurant opens in New Zealand, and she records her delight in her diary. Over the next sixth months, she uses the diary to record family mishaps, her love of go-go boots, and her growing awareness of politics and human rights abuses. It is 1976, and the New Zealand government is cracking down on “overstayers,” immigrants who came for work at the encouragement of the government but stayed after their visas expired. Sofia’s dad is Samoan and her mom, Pakeha (a New Zealander of European descent), but it is not until her older brother joins the Polynesian Panthers that Sofia learns about rights abuses targeting Indigenous families. Early in the novel, Sofia writes a school assignment, a speech about herself, and she is selected to represent the school in a district-wide contest; the novel closes as Sofia gives her competition speech and, through it, spells out her own growth as an activist. New Zealand history and the Dawn Raids will be unfamiliar to most American readers, so the diary format works well—Sofia writes about what she learns as she learns it, providing readers with the necessary historical information. Smith, of Pacific Islander, Scottish, and Irish heritage, authentically describes the culture of a mixed-race New Zealander, filling the book with details of language, customs, and food. Hunkin’s lively line drawings throughout help set the novel in the 1970s (would contemporary readers be able to picture the much-coveted go-go boots without art?). MAEVE VISSER KNOTH

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