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Author Schwartz, Ellen, 1949- author.
Title Heart of a champion / Ellen Schwartz.
Pub Info [Toronto, Ontario] : Tundra Books, [2016]
book jacket
 Brooks(Harwich)-Children  J FICTION SCH     AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 257 pages ; 20 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Accelerated Reader MG 4.2 6 6 193145
"Edited by Sue Tate"--Title page verso.
"With a foreword by Linda Kawamoto Reid"--Jacket.
Issued also in electronic format.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "Ten-year-old Kenny (Kenji in Japanese) worships his older brother, Mickey (Mitsuo), a baseball hero whose outstanding performance on the Asahi baseball team has given him fame and popularity. Despite Kenny's suspected heart condition, he is determined to practice secretly with Mickey so he, too, can one day try out for the Asahi. But world events soon overtake life in this quiet community. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in 1941, everything for Kenny and his family spirals out of control: schools are closed, businesses are confiscated, fathers are arrested and sent to work camps in the BC interior and mothers and children are relocated to internment camps. When Mickey is arrested for a small act of violence, Kenny manages to keep his family's spirits up, despite the deplorable conditions in camp. Coming across a "vacant" field covered with scrap wood, broken shakes and torn tar paper, Kenny gets permission to clear it and convert it into a baseball field. One by one, the boys in the camp pitch in, and the work gives purpose to their long days. Kenny's persistence, hard work and big dreams shape the teen he is to become in this story of happiness found despite all odds."
When war is declared against Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, everything changes for the Sakamoto family. There are banished to an isolated internment camp, and Kenji's hopes of becoming an Asahi baseball player like his brother are overtaken by the harsh realities of his new life. Until Kenji finds a field covered with scrap wood and torn tar paper, and gets permission to clean it up and use it to play on.
Subject Baseball stories.
Japanese -- Canada -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Canada -- Juvenile fiction.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 -- Juvenile fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
British Columbia, setting.
Genre Bildungsromans.
Historical fiction.
Add Author Tate, Sue, editor.
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