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Beacon Hill Boys

By Ken Mochizuki
2002, 201 pages, hardback.
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Like other Japanese American families in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle during the early 1970s, 16-year-old Dan Inagaki's parents expect him to be an example of the "model minority." But unlike Brad, Dan's older brother, who has a 4.0 GPA, a college scholarship,and a white girlfriend, Dan is tired of being called "Oriental" by his teachers, and frustrated that no one in his family understands how invisible he feels.

Sharing Dan's anger and isolation are his best friends, Jerry Ito, Eddie Kanagae, and Frank Ishimoto. Together,these Beacon Hill boys struggle to come of age in an America that would continue to see young Asian Americans assimilate rather than stir up the proverbial melting pot. Ken Mochizuki, acclaimed for his unflinching portrayals of the Asian American experience, tells a story of friendship, dignity, and discontent that will resonate with teens everywhere.

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Background on Ken Mochizuki

Ken Mochizuki is the author of the award-winning picture books Heroes, Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, and Baseball Saved Us, which Ruminator Review named one of the 100 most important books for children of the 20th century. Born and raised in Seattle,Washington,he writes full time and travels extensively to speak to students, teachers, and librarians about his work. This is his first book for Scholastic Press.

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