byMichael KlucknerIllustratorMichael Kluckner

June 1, 2015|
Toshiko by Michael Kluckner
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A graphic novel is a new directionfor well known Vancouver artist, Michael Kluckner. Here, he re-visits a themefirst made famous by Joy Kogawa’s classic, Obasan. Although this story is verydifferent, it is from the point of view of two teenagers faced with themes ofinternment, wartime fears and issues of race, morality and social class alifetime ago.

In the Interior of BC, during World War II, Japanese-Canadians are exiled fromtheir homes on the Coast. Such is the fate of Toshiko and her cousin, who landon a farm near a small, hostile town. While in high school, Toshiko discoversthat not all residents see them as the enemy. One farm boy in particular fromher graduating class is curious about the plight of the Japanese-Canadians anda friendship develops that soon blossoms into a kind of Romeo-and-Julietromance. When their relationship becomes a scandal, he is thrown out of hishouse and sets off with Toshiko for Vancouver, where they attempt to establisha life together before the harsh reality of wartime Canada closes in on them..

About the Author
Michael Kluckner is a Canadian writer and artist. His books have won numerousawards, including the Bill Duthie Prize, the Vancouver Book Prize, the TorontoBook Prize (short list), the Hallmark Society (Victoria) Award of Merit, andthe Heritage Canada Medal of Achievement. Book titles include: Vanishing Vancouverand Vancouver Remembered (Whitecap)

Product dimensions:128 pages, 10.75 X 7.75 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:128 pages, 10.75 X 7.75 X 0.68 in
Published:June 1, 2015
Publisher:Midtown Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780988110175

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