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Caged Eagles

by Eric Walters

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military & wars, friendship, prejudice & racism
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list price: $10.95
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published: Jan 2001
ISBN:9781551431390
Description

When Canada went to war with Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Canadians of Japanese descent were declared "Enemy Aliens." Without recourse of any kind, they were forced to leave their homes along with the British Columbia coast, their possessions were sold, and their rights as citizens denied. Caged Eagles follows fourteen-year-old Tadashi Fukushima and his family as they embark on a tortuous physical and emotional journey. Along with neighbours from their remote village on the northern BC coast, they travel by fishing boat to Vancouver, where they are placed in detention in Hastings Park, the Pacific National Exhibition ground, and forced to live in cattle stalls. For Tadashi detention becomes both an adventure and a dilemma as he struggles to understand the undercurrents of racism and injustice that have overtaken his life and those of his community.

About the Author

Eric Walters

A member of the Order of Canada, Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his fifth-grade students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Eric has published more than ninety novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. One of his most common themes, which involves the Canadian heroes featured in his novels, is helping students to become aware of the greatness of their country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 18
Grade:
7 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
Awards
  • Runner-up, UNESCO Children's Book Prize nominee
  • Long-listed, ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee
  • Commended, PSLA Top Forty
Editorial Reviews

"What begins with a poignant scene in which a small, seven-year-old child asks her brother which of her dolls to pack...ends with an equally compelling vignette."

— VOYA

"Subtle and powerful."

— The Globe and Mail

"An excellent book for a middle grades reader, it is perfect as a companion to a social studies unit to explore a new historical perspective of the second World War."

— Alan Review

"Earns a place in both history and English classrooms."

— Quill & Quire

"[Walters's] fast-paced novel avoids heavy-handed moralizing as it portrays the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II."

— Booklist

"Walters successfully combines history, adventure, and social criticism in Caged Eagles while providing young readers a glimpse into Canada's past and a chance to consider serious issues inherent in any complex, multicultural society."

"Highly recommended."

— CM Magazine

"This novel is a moving account of one family's struggle to understand the injustice that has overtaken their lives and the racism that has imprisoned their community. Walters successfully captures the fear and uncertainty of the time."
"Walters's careful explanation of historical events and sensitive narration of the Fukushima family's story predominate to make Caged Eagles a memorable reading experience."

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