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.
About the Creators
is the award-winning author of numerous books for children from LEE & LOW. Mr. Mochizuki lives in Seattle, Washington, where he teaches, writes children's books, and gives presentations about his work full time.
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 . He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit domandk.com
About This Title
International Reading Association (IRA)
San Francisco Chronicle
Notable Children's Book
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
War, United States History, Sports, Similarities and Differences, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Overcoming Obstacles, Immigration, History, Heroism, Friendship, Fathers, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Conflict resolution, Civil Rights Movement, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, Asian/Asian American Interest, Sports History, Empathy/Compassion, Integrity/Honesty , Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, World War II, Pride
Part of These Collections
Asian/Asian American English Collection Grades 3-5, English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Historical Fiction Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level O, Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Collection, Athletes and Sports, Asian Pacific American Heritage Collection , Japanese Collection, Bullying/Anti-Bullying Collection, Respect and Self-Respect Collection, Teachers' Choices Collection, Pedro Noguera Reluctant Readers Collection