Courageous Footsteps

A WWII Novel

by Diane Dettmann

 

Book Details

A CAPTIVATING STORY

MEDALIST WINNER in NEW APPLE E-BOOK AWARDS in Young Adult Fiction. Also, WINNER OF PACIFIC RIM BOOK FESTIVAL in Young Adult Category.

Fifteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto loves living in Glenville, California, but Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 turns her young life into a devastating nightmare. Anti-Japanese threats appear everywhere—in store windows, painted across buildings and in her school. Her hopes and dreams unravel quickly when President Roosevelt orders the internment of all people of Japanese descent living along the West Coast. Within weeks her family is imprisoned in a camp in eastern California. Surrounded by barbwire fences and the constant watch of armed guards, Yasu and her older brother, Haro, struggle to accept the overcrowded living conditions and hardships of camp life. As time passes, the confinement, strict regulations and humiliation force them to make courageous choices that will change their lives forever.

 

Book Excerpt

While Haro was out for the evening, Yasu and her mother sat around the radio with a pile of mending for Mrs. Bollin, the wife of the Glenville Power Company manager. Worried about father, Yasu turned on the radio. She waited until the tube warmed up and voices crackled from the speaker and then tuned in a local station with the least amount of static. She snuggled into the rocking chair and waited for her favorite Sunday night broadcast. Organ music flowed through the speaker, followed by the announcer’s voice.
“Welcome to the Pan American Coffee Bureau’s broadcast from Washington, D.C. We bring you a serious announcement about Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.”

 

About the Author

Diane Dettmann

DIANE DETTMANN is the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal. She is also the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and has written articles for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City.
Recently interviewed by Barry ZeVan "The Weatherman" a TV celebrity. On YouTube https://youtu.be/6eCXd3704A

Also by Diane Dettmann

Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants
Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal
Yasu's Quest
On Liberty's Wings
 

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