Missing in Action by Dean Hughes (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Jay’s father who is off fighting in WW II is missing in action.  He has moved with his mom to her small hometown in Delta, Utah and are living with his grandparents who are upstanding members of the Mormon community.  Jay who is part Navajo is immediately identified as “Chief” by the boys in the town.  Jay works on his grandfather’s farm and meets Ken a Japanese American teenager who lives in the nearby Japanese internment camp.  Jay and Ken become friends and share a love of baseball.  Hughes does a great job of depicting the prejudice that both Jay and Ken face by the townspeople.  However, the story wraps up too neatly and leaves the reader with lots of questions.

J, AD— Tee C (Port Chester-Rye Brook)


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