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Stealing Home
by J Torres (Author) and David Namisato (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press, $17.99, 112pp
Published: October 2021

Sandy Sato is obsessed with baseball – especially the Asahi team, the pride of his community in Vancouver, British Columbia. But when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, his life, like that of every North American of Japanese descent, changes forever.

His friends start calling him names and chasing him from the baseball field. His family is forbidden from visiting certain areas of the city. Then the government starts rounding people up and sending them to live in remote and crowded prison camps.

Seemingly overnight, 21,000 Japanese-Canadians are stripped of their rights, their belongings and their homes. It isn’t long before Sandy’s family is among them. Though life in the camp is difficult, Sandy finds solace in baseball.

Stealing Home is a story a way to deal with whatever is thrown at you, however you can....

This is an important story for today’s youth to read. A shameful chapter of both US and Canadian history told through the eyes of young Sandy who, until December 7, 1941, lived a typical life of a North American child only to, overnight, become the “enemy”.  First his father is taken away and then Sandy, his mother and younger brother are sent to a prison camp.  Through it all Sandy clings to the normality of baseball in an attempt to make sense of life.

Along with George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy these are must reads both as a reminder of our shameful deeds of the past and a warning that we must not repeat them in the future. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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