Leslie Margolis introduces IF I WERE YOU Saturday, June 27 at 3pm
Local middle grade superstar author LESLIE MARGOLIS, will be here to introduce and read from her latest novel for tweens (ages 10-14), IF I WERE YOU.
Twelve-year-old best friends Katie and Melody have had a terrible summer, ending with a fight over a boy, but when Katie's wish to begin the summer over as Melody comes true, each girl learns important lessons about the other and herself.
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This book is vastly important. It deals with one of the darkest parts of American history that is so often left untaught and overlooked: the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. This graphic novel tells George Takei’s story of going through that dark time as a child, with the strangeness of growing up in an interment camp, the weight his parents carried for the family, and the deep cultural and personal trauma left behind by the internment-- but also the inspiration this experience gave him to be an activist for change. This book is heavy but oh-so necessary and very moving, and it is truly a very engaging and enthralling read.
(Young Adult Graphic Novel, Ages 12+) - reviewed by Isabel