A CAPTIVATING STORY
2016 MEDALIST WINNER in NEW APPLE E-BOOK AWARDS in Young Adult Fiction. Also, 2015 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.
" Once read, Courageous Footsteps will not be forgotten. Teenagers, Yasu and Haro, show resilience and courage in the face of unwarranted hardship and injustice. It’s an important story— relevant even today—that needs to be discussed, remembered and hopefully will inspire the reader with the courage to stand on the side of justice.”
—Ann Wolff, President of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation
“Absolutely wonderful! Great character development and the suspense kept me reading. I couldn’t put the book down!”
—Christina Hintze, Graduated Student, Metropolitan State University
“Courageous Footsteps is a poetically written novel that emotionally engages readers of all ages, while educating them about the world’s historical and cultural challenges in our recent history. This beautifully written story involves the reader in the characters’ lives, future hopes and dreams. I praise Diane Dettmann for her courageous writing of challenging circumstances and heartfelt emotions.”
—Kelly McNelis, Founder of Women For One
“This compelling story pulled me in from the first page, and I felt deeply for the hardships Yasu, Haro and their parents were forced to endure.”
—Jane Dunlap, Teacher, St. Paul Public School
Sequel, YASU'S QUEST: A TALE OF TRIUMPH released July 2016! A powerful story of a young Japanese- American woman's determination to overcome hardships and injustices and capture her life-long dreams.