“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is a middle-grade novel that combines historical fiction and a fairy tale to tell the story of young people who rise above adversity with the help of music. The prologue begins with a tale of three princesses who are held captive by a magical spell.  In order to free themselves, theyRead more

“Obasan” by Joy Kogawa

  “Obasan” by Joy Kogawa tells the story of a part of modern history that is often overlooked–the internment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians during WWII. The novel opens when Naomi, who is currently a schoolteacher in Canada in the 1970s, learns about the death of her uncle.  She rushes home for the funeral and toRead more