Obaasan's Boots

Bridger, J., Okihiro, L.J.
When cousins Lou and Charlotte help their Japanese grandmother in the garden, they discover the mysteries of her past. She details her early days in Vancouver and the challenges Japanese Canadians faced during World War II as they were forcibly removed from their homes, lost their belongings, and were placed in internment camps. The girls learn about the injustices their family faced, the impact of racism on their identities, and how history has had a profound effect on shaping their present lives. This engaging Canadian novel introduces students to discriminatory policies and injustices in Canada, the generational impact of historical events, and the importance of resilience and strength. Note: Possible emotional triggers and upsetting details.
English Language Arts
  • 5-10

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