Heart of a Champion by Ellen Schwartz
Ten-year-old Kenny (Kenji in Japanese) worships his older brother, Mickey (Mitsuo), a baseball hero whose outstanding performance on the Asahi baseball team has given him fame and popularity. Despite Kenny’s suspected heart condition, he is determined to practice secretly with Mickey so he, too, can one day try out for the Asahi. But world events soon overtake life in this quiet community. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in 1941, everything for Kenny and his family spirals out of control: schools are closed, businesses are confiscated, fathers are arrested and sent to work camps in the BC interior and mothers and children are relocated to internment camps. When Mickey is arrested for a small act of violence, Kenny manages to keep his family’s spirits up, despite the deplorable conditions in camp. Coming across a “vacant” field covered with scrap wood, broken shakes and torn tar paper, Kenny gets permission to clear it and convert it into a baseball field. One by one, the boys in the camp pitch in, and the work gives purpose to their long days. Kenny’s persistence, hard work and big dreams shape the teen he is to become in this story of happiness found despite all odds. (Tundra)
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I really liked this book because it had a lot of things about how the bombing of pearl harbor effected the Japanese-Canadians. It also fit in things about baseball.
I loved this book because how in the end he brings mickey back with a baseball field and in the end how the dad is cheering him on in the stands and I loved the end sentence "Kenny dropped the bat and ran."
I give this book five stars because I like the story line
This is the best book I have read so far in Red Cedar. It's placed on a real event which is awesome, and it proves that we all make mistakes. I absolutely recommend this book.
This is a very inspiring book about a boy named Kenny. Kenny and his family have to move to a internment camp in New Denver. So Kenny and his family have to start a new life in their new home. In this book it has a lot of racism to the Japanese people. I would totally recommend this book to everybody reading the red cedar books.