Sylvia & Aki

By Winifred Conkling
(Tricycle Press, Hardcover, 9781582463377, 160pp.)

Publication Date: July 12, 2011

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Sylvia never expected to be at the center of a landmark legal battle; all she wanted was to enroll in school.
Aki never expected to be relocated to a Japanese internment camp in the Arizona desert; all she wanted was to stay on her family farm and finish the school year.
The two girls certainly never expected to know each other, until their lives intersected in Southern California during a time when their country changed forever.
Here is the remarkable story based on true events of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu, two ordinary girls living in extraordinary times. When Sylvia and her brothers are not allowed to register at the same school Aki attended and are instead sent to a Mexican school, the stage is set for Sylvia's father to challenge in court the separation of races in California's schools. Ultimately, Mendez vs. Westminster School District led to the desegregation of California schools and helped build the case that would end school segregation nationally.
Through extensive interviews with Sylvia and Aki still good friends to this day Winifred Conkling brings to life two stories of persistent courage in the face of tremendous odds.

About the Author
Winifred Conklingis the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including "Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson s Flight from Slavery "and the middle-grade novel"Sylvia and Aki, "winner of the Jane Addams Children s Literature Award and the Tomas Rivera Award. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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