Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour -and Giveaway -for Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
1942- Evalina is an Italian-American high school senior. She works in her parents’ restaurant and is applying to college. Taichi is a Japanese-American who works on his family farm growing fruits and vegetables and is applying to college too. Both are caught up in political issues of the days following the Pearl Harbor attack and subsequent evacuation of Japanese.
This book is a love story with so many other factors included. As Evalina tries to understand how Taichi and his family can be treated so terribly, she also must face the fact that her dream of marrying Taichi is prohibited by law. In Manzanar Relocation Center, Taichi is thrust into a world of Japanese life, while trying to understand the nationalize that exists in some groups there.
This is a well written and heartfelt story of two young people trying to do what is right while still following their hearts, even when the world is literally falling apart around them. I liked the story and learned some new perspectives from the way the characters interacted.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Within These LinesAuthor: Stephanie MorrillPublisher: Blink YAGenre: Historical Young Adult FictionRelease Date: March 5, 2019
When Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki are torn apart by the events following the attack on Pearl Harbor, they must fight if they want any hope of returning to one another before World War II steals their future together. Within These Lines is one unflinching, haunting, historical novel you don’t want to miss; perfect for fans of Monica Hesse, Ruta Sepetys, and Elizabeth Wein.Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite thescandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family areforced to give up their farm and move to a Japanese-American internment camp.Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.
Within These Lines:
- Is a young adult historical novel set in the World War II era
- Contains themes of love, separation, social justice, war, and diversity
- Perfect for junior high and high school students
- A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: website | facebook | twitter | instagram
(1) Grand Prize winner will win a release copy of Within These Lines & a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”
(5) First Prize winners will each with a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”Be sure to check out each stop on the Bookstagram Tour and (upcoming) Takeover Tour, as well as this tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway began at midnight March 5, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 18, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.
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