One of our new WWW members, Cynthia Grady, will have a children’s book out on January 9th: Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind. Set in the 1940’s, Write to Me tackles the difficult subject of Executive Order 9066, when Japanese Americans were imprisoned in the desert.
The story involves a children’s librarian, Clara Breed, and her Japanese American patrons, who promise to write Miss Breed letters while she, in turn, gives them books to read during their imprisonment. Throughout the three-year internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing stories, feedback on books, and creating a written record of this snapshot of history. Using excerpts from children’s letters of real-life Japanese prisoners from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, this Booklist starred children’s book is a touching tale of hope and encouragement amid dark times.
Link to Pre-Order: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/write-to-me-cynthia-grady/1126434905
Born on Whidbey Island, Washington as the 6th of 9 children, Cynthia grew up near San Francisco and now lives in New Mexico after a teaching career in Washington DC. When not writing, Cynthia gardens, sews and plays music. To learn more about Cynthia and her books, visit www.cynthiagrady.com.