Kirby Larson

Author of Hattie Big Sky

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Kirby Larson, Dash—Middle Readers
Village Books, Saturday, October 18 at 4pm
Proceeds to benefit the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson presents the moving story of a Japanese American girl who is separated from her dog upon being sent to an incarceration camp during WWII. Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home—or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they’ve lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited? Kirkus Reviews says, “Exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally authentic” and Publishers Weekly writes, “Incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery transcends its era.” Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. For more info visit http://www.bijac.org/.

Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as The Fences Between Us, The Friendship Doll, as well as the sequel to Hattie Big Sky, Hattie Ever After and her two latest titles, Duke and Dash. In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend Mary Nethery resulting in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband, Neil, and Winston the Wonder Dog. When she’s not reading or writing Kirby enjoys beach combing, bird watching, and traveling. She owns a tiara and is not afraid to use it.

Location: Street: 1200 11th St City: Bellingham, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98225-7015 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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