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Written by Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
1995, 29 pages, hardback and paperback.
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About the Author and Illustrator

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Donnie is tired of playing the bad guy every time he and his friends get together to play war. According to the other kids, Donnie should play the enemy-after all, as a Japanese American, he looks like "them."

When he argues that his family served in the U .S. Army, Donnie's friends dare him to prove it. But when he asks his father and uncle for proof, they tell him that kids should play something else besides war. "Real heroes don't brag," Uncle Yosh says. "They just do what they are supposed to do."

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s, and a new conflict in Vietnam, this story explores how one family deals with the painful legacy of war. In their powerful follow-up to Baseball Saved Us, Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee once again present readers with American heroes they won't usually find in history books, but who they can always hold in their hearts.

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This book evocatively recreates a time when the war was still fresh in the minds of young parents…. Heroes is also a tribute to the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, an all Japanese-American regiment, and serves as a reminder of their important contribution."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Lee & Mochizuki infuse their underdog heroes with dignity, grace, and universal appeal."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Heroes marks thesecond collaaboration by Ken Mochizuki, a native of Seattle, Washington and Dom Lee, a resident of Demarest, New Jersey. Their first book, Baseball Saved Us, won the Parents' Choice Award. Their third book is Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.

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Background on Ken Mochizuki

Ken Mochizuki was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. A writer, journalist, and actor, he has a strong interest in Asian American history. During World War II, his parents were sent to the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. This is his first picture book.

Background on Dom Lee

Dom Lee has been a baseball fan since he was a child growing up in Seoul, South Korea. He has a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This is first picture book. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their two children.

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