Love in the Library

h1 January 13th, 2022 by jules

“And the books were constant company. Which was nice. Tama loved books. Caught in their pages were worlds bursting with color and light, love and fairness. Pressed between their covers were words that planted seeds in the garden of Tama’s mind.
How magical that—even in Minidoka—such a small little library
could fit so much inside of its four walls!”

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Over at BookPage, I’ve a review of Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s Love in the Library (Candlewick, January 2022), an exquisite piece of historical fiction illustrated by Yas Imamura.

Here is the review, and below are some more spreads.



“‘Hey,’ George said. And for once, his voice was small and soft.
‘There’s a word for that, you know.'”

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“They were married, Tama and George, and their first son was born in Minidoka.
They hoped for the best. Their love for their family they made was constant,
even if the injustice their family was created within was constant, too.”

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LOVE IN THE LIBRARY. Text copyright © 2021 by Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Illustrations copyright © 2021 by Yas Imamura and reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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