The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata

Thing About LuckSummary: Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.  The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.  And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.

Atheneum

Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling

Summary:  At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona. Meanwhile, Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia’s family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.

Tricycle Press

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A Diamond in the Desert, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Summary:  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu’s sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing.

Viking

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