By Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
Donnie is tired of playing the bad guy every time he and his friends get together to play war. According to the other kids, Donnie should play the enemy–after all, as a Japanese American he looks like "them." Instead, Donnie wishes they could just play his favorite game, football.
When he argues that his family served in the U.S. Army, Donnie's friends laugh and dare him to prove it. But when he asks his father and Uncle Yosh for proof, they tell him that kids should play something else besides war. "Real heroes don't brag," Uncle Yosh says. "They just do what they are supposed to do."
Set against the backdrop of the 1960s, this intergenerational story explores how one family deals with the painful legacy of war and prejudice. In their powerful follow-up to the award-winning Baseball Saved Us, Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee once again present young readers with American heroes they won't usually find in history books, but who they can always hold in their hearts.
San Francisco Chronicle
Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
International Reading Association (IRA)
Notable Children's Books
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
- Interest Level
- Grades 1 - 5
- Reading Level
- Grades 2 - 3
- Asian/Asian American Interest, Fathers, Heroism, Self Esteem/Identity, United States History, War
- Accelerated Reader
- Level: 3.3
Ken Mochizuki is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). Mr. Mochizuki lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington, where he lives and teaches and writes children's books and gives presentations about his work full time.
Dom Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit domandk.com