August 11, 2014

Internment in Canada: A youngCanLit book list


On August 22, 2014, the 100th anniversary of Canada's first internment operations will be commemorated with the unveiling of 100 plaques across Canada.  These historical plaques will be unveiled at 11 a.m. at Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, museums and other public venues.

While the internment of Canadians of different nationalities began with the enactment of the War Measures Act at the onset of World War I, there are too many individuals and families that were labeled as enemy aliens during both world wars that we should not forget this blemish in our history.  As such, I've prepared a list of youngCanLit and NFB films that either focus on the tragedy of internment or include characters that have been interned.  The majority of these resources involve the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, but please recognize that the commemorative plaques are specifically the work of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation to help everyone... Remember, Learn, Never Forget Them. (Further details are available at http://www.internmentcanada.ca/news-events.cfm)

As an aside, I'll be reviewing Marsha Skrypuch's newest book, Dance of the Banished, (listed below) in which a young Alevi Kurd from Anatolia is interned during World War I in a camp in Kapuskasing.  That review will be posted on August 22, and Marsha Skrypuch will answer some questions about her book in a post the following day.


PICTURE BOOKS

Flags
by Maxine Trottier
Illustrated by Paul Morin
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
27 pp.
Ages 8+
1999

Naomi's Tree
by Joy Kogawa
Illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 8-11
2008

Silver Threads
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 6-8
2004





FICTION

Beautiful Goodbye
by Nancy Runstedler
Dundurn
146 pp.
Ages 10-12
2013

Caged Eagles
by Eric Walters
Orca Book Publishers
256 pp.
Ages 12-15
2001
Sequel to War of the Eagles

Cherry Blossom Winter
by Jennifer Maruno
Dundurn
174 pp.
Ages 10-13
2012

Dance of the Banished
by Marsha Skrypuch
Pajama Press
288 pp.
Ages 12+
August, 2014



Lesia’s Dream
by Laura Langston
HarperCollins
208 pp.
Ages 11+
2003

My Anastasia
by Sharon Stewart
Scholastic Canada
249 pp.
Ages 11+
1999

Naomi's Road
by Joy Kogawa
Illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
120 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005


Prisoners in the Promised Land: The Ukrainian Internment Diary of Anya Soloniuk, Spirit Lake, Quebec, 1914 (Dear Canada)
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada
243 pp.
Ages 11-14
2007

Sabotage
by Karen Autio
Sono Nis Press
293 pp.
Ages 11-13
2013


Stones for My Father
by Trilby Kent
Tundra Books
170 pp.
Ages 9-13
2011

Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941 (Dear Canada)
by Susan Aihoshi
Scholastic Canada
209 pp.
Ages 10-13
2012

War of the Eagles
by Eric Walters
Orca Book Publishers
224 pp.
Ages 12-15
1998

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell
by Jennifer Maruno
Napoleon
112 pp.
Ages 9-12
2009

The Whirlwind
by Carol Matas
Orca Book Publishers
128 pp.
Ages 12-14
2007


Winds Through Time: An Anthology of Canadian Historical Young Adult Fiction
Ann Walsh, ed.
Beach Holme Publishing
162 pp.
Ages 10+
1998






NON-FICTION

A Child in Prison Camp
by Shizuye Takashima
Tundra
102 pp.
Ages 10+
1976


A Curious Cage: Life in a Japanese Internment Camp 1943-1945
by Peggy Abkhazi
Sono Nis Press
167 pp.
Ages 14+
2002

Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War (Righting Canada's Wrongs)
by Pamela Hickman and Jean Smith Cavalluzzo
Lorimer
111 pp.
Ages 14-17
2012

Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War (Righting Canada’s Wrongs)
by Pamela Hickman and Masako Fukawa
Lorimer 
160 pp.
Ages 14+
2011

The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration
by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by John Mantha
Kids Can Press
64 pp.
Ages 8-12
2006

Kobzar’s Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, ed.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
199 pp.
Ages 13+
2006


This Land We Call Home
by Alison Lohans
Pearson Education
189 pp.
Ages 11-13
2007

On a Canadian Day: Nine Story Voyages Through History
by Rona Arato
Illustrated by Peter Ferguson
Maple Tree Press/Owlkids Books
96 pp.
Ages 9-13
2009






FILM

Barbed Wire and Mandolins
Directed by Nicola Zavaglia
Produced by Sam Grana
National Film Board of Canada
46 min., 45 sec.
Ages 14-17
1997

Freedom Had a Price
Directed and produced by Yurij Luhovy
National Film Board of Canada
55 min.
Ages 12+
1994


Obachan's Garden
Directed by Linda Ohama
Produced by Selwyn Jacob and Linda Ohama
National Film Board of Canada
94 min.
Ages 13+
2001



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Additional books more appropriate for adults, such as Blood and Salt by Barbara Sapergia (Coteau, 2011), are available but not listed here because of their unsuitability for youngCanLit readers.  But do seek them out for greater depth into the history of internment in Canada, sadly a less than proud part of our heritage.

2 comments:

Marsha Skrypuch said...

This is a GREAT list. Thank you, Helen!

Jennifer Maruno said...

Thank you for putting together this list of important reads.