February 20, 2016

Heart of a Champion: Book launch (Burnaby, BC)


Ellen Schwartz

author of 

for the launch of her newest
middle-grade novel!

Join her and publisher

Tundra Books
an imprint of Penguin Random House

for the launch of

Heart of a Champion
by Ellen Schwartz
Tundra Books
257 pp.
Ages 9-12
March, 2016


Sunday, March 13, 2016

2 p.m. (PST)


Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, BC

The book is described as follows on the Penguin Random House web page for the book:
Ten-year-old Kenny (Kenji in Japanese) worships his older brother, Mickey (Mitsuo), a baseball hero whose outstanding performance on the Asahi baseball team has given him fame and popularity. Despite Kenny's suspected heart condition, he is determined to practice secretly with Mickey so he, too, can one day try out for the Asahi. But world events soon overtake life in this quiet community. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in 1941, everything for Kenny and his family spirals out of control: schools are closed, businesses are confiscated, fathers are arrested and sent to work camps in the BC interior and mothers and children are relocated to internment camps. When Mickey is arrested for a small act of violence, Kenny manages to keep his family's spirits up, despite the deplorable conditions in camp. Coming across a "vacant" field covered with scrap wood, broken shakes and torn tar paper, Kenny gets permission to clear it and convert it into a baseball field. One by one, the boys in the camp pitch in, and the work gives purpose to their long days. Kenny's persistence, hard work and big dreams shape the teen he is to become in this story of happiness found despite all odds.
Retrieved from http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/250703/heart-champion#9781770498822 on February 20, 2016.

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