Dust of Eden (Paperback)

By Mariko Nagai

Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807517383, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/1/2014)

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In 1942, 13-year-old Mina Masako Tagawa and her Japanese American family are sent from their home in Seattle to an internment camp in Idaho. All they can do is wonder when America will remember that they, too, are Americans. This memorable and powerful novel in verse, written by award-winning author Mariko Nagai, explores the nature of fear, the beauty of life, and the hope of acceptance triumphing over bigotry.

About the Author

Mariko Nagai was born in Tokyo and raised in Belgium and the United States, where she graduated from NYU's creative writing program. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her poetry and short stories, including the Pushcart Prize in both fiction and poetry. She teaches creative writing at Temple University in Japan. This is her first book for children.

Praise For Dust of Eden

“[A] vividly wrought story of displacement.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Nagai does a wonderful job examining what it means to Mina and her family members to be American while not being treated as true citizens.” —School Library Journal

"This is an honest and thoughtful exploration of a complicated chapter in American history, and the book’s strong narrative voice and solid imagery will help contemporary readers understand those complexities." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Nagai's writing is spare and rhythmic—it's real poetry." —The Horn Book Magazine