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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 224
Themes: World War II, Tsimshian, Indigenous, Japanese internment, military
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Jan/1998
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During WWII, Jedís English father serves as a fighter pilot overseas, while Jed and his mother move back to her Tsimshian community on Canada's west coast. When the military sets up a naval base in town, Jed is hired to help out, honored it seems, for both his father's bravery and his own native skills as a hunter. Presented with a military jacket, Jed finds an allegiance to his country and a pride in his mixed heritage that he's never felt before. But one day Jed's world is shattered. His best friend Tadashi, along with the other members of the nearby Japanese village, are declared enemy aliens and told to prepare to leave their homes. Now Jed must ask himself where his allegiance really belongsÖto his country's rigid code, or to the truth that is buried in his Tsimshian soul.

Awards

ABA Pick of the List  | 1998 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 1998 | Commended
CLA Honour Book   | 1998 | Commended
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction nominee  | 1998 | Short-listed
IODE Book Award - National Chapter nominee  | 1998 | Short-listed
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age  | 1999 | Commended
Red Cedar nominee  | 2001 | Short-listed
Red Maple nominee  | 1998 | Short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee  | 1998 | Short-listed
Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award  | 1999 | Winner
SYRCA Snow Willow nominee  | 2002 | Long-listed