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Graphic Novel - 2020
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250193537
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5973 H8745D 2020
Characteristics: 274 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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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.

A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps. (NoveList)

(TEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL) Mixing fact and fiction in this autobiographical graphic novel, debut author Hughes follows a teen experiencing Japanese internment firsthand through time travel to the WWII era.

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JCLBetM Feb 22, 2021

An intriguing way to share the too often downplayed history of Japanese interment camps during WWII in the US. Part magical realism or sci fi, part historical bio - this graphic follows the author back in time to experience for herself what happened to her Japanese grandmother and great grandparents during the war. The idea of memories being held by a group of people and having the power to affect generations to come in such a tangible way was fascinating to watch play out on the page.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 26, 2021

If you've been reading children's lit for a while, think Jane Yolen's Devil's Arithmetic meets Japanese Internment. While occasionally relying a bit heavily on telling rather than showing, the "modern day teen magically time traveling to moment in history" trope was really effective at making clear that historical trauma has far reaching multi-generational ramifications. In this case, the lack of interest in talking about Internment camps within Japanese families leading to a lack of understanding amongst decedents of these families of what their forbears went through.

JCLJenV Jan 07, 2021

Kiku captures a unique time in American history and relates it to modern struggles people still face today. Great graphic novel with a purpose.

VaughanPLKatherine Nov 10, 2020

This was a very though provoking graphic novel, and even though it is labeled "Young Adult" I would recommend it to adults as well. The author captures emotions, themes, and issues that affected Japenese Americans during the tragic internment camps. I found the graphic novel very educational as well, and I would recommend it to teachers who want to speak about history and social justice.

VaughanPLShelly Oct 31, 2020

One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. Displacement follows Kiku, a Japanese-American teen who gets whisked away in time to follow her grandmother's time in a Japanese internment camp. The author-illustrator does an amazing job capturing all of Kiku's emotions and the story is worth reading, especially as it relates to modern events today. I highly recommend this one to both teens & adults.

JCLCharlesH Sep 14, 2020

Set over the 2016-2020 years, this graphic novel juxtaposes the Japanese internment during WWII with the Trump administrations actions against immigrants. Finding herseslf trapped in time, Kiku lives the internment alongside her grandmother. The reader is taught the history of the injustice, and the call to action connects those lessons to a 2020 audience.

JCLEmmaF Aug 27, 2020

"Memories are a powerful thing." Speechless. Displacement follows Kiku as she is whisked away to Japanese internment camps of the 40's, framed by the election and policies of Donald Trump. Everyone should read this. We learn so little about internment camps, and that is exactly what this book is about, in a way.

JCLHeatherMi Aug 14, 2020

In this graphic novel, the author imagines herself as the main character who is of Japanese descent. Her grandmother’s family was sent to the Topaz internment camp in Utah during the Japanese internment in the United States in the 1940s. Throughout the book Kiku is “displaced,” whisked off to the past to see first-hand the events in the camp. It is an information-filled journey through memory that is a mix of fact and fiction, filling in the blanks of her family’s history and the history of all 120,000 people who were unjustly sent to these camps during WWII. It is the darker history of America and is especially relevant to remember now in 2020 with the recent immigration issues.

I really liked the connections to the political climate today. Trump’s address, which included using a faith-based approach to immigration by trying to close the borders to Muslims, and now with the ICE incarcerations and separation of families and children in detention centers, makes this book all the more relevant to we learn from the grievous mistakes of the past. Not much has changed but by learning our history, we can act now to correct what is going wrong. At times the pace was slow, but so was life for the Japanese-Americans in the internment camps, without information, living in fear.


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