Camp Nine: A Novel
Vivienne Schiffer University of Arkansas Press, 2011 Library of Congress PS3619.C366C36 2011 | Dewey Decimal 813.6
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the U.S. military to ban anyone from certain areas of the country, with primary focus on the West Coast. Eventually the order was used to imprison 120,000 people of Japanese descent in incarceration camps such as the Rohwer Relocation Center in remote Desha County, Arkansas. This time of fear and prejudice (the U.S. government formally apologized for the relocations in 1982) and the Arkansas Delta are the setting for Camp Nine. The novel's narrator, Chess Morton, lives in tiny Rook Arkansas. Her days are quiet and secluded until the appearance of a "relocation" center built for what was, in effect, the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Chess's life becomes intertwined with those of two young internees and an American soldier mysteriously connected to her mother's past. As Chess watches the struggles and triumphs of these strangers and sees her mother seek justice for the people who briefly and involuntarily came to call the Arkansas Delta their home, she discovers surprising and disturbing truths about her family's painful past.
The Boo Baby girl tires of the boring life of a baby, crawling around, getting up, falling down, walking around the coffee table, falling down . . . she aims for more so she climbs out the window—miraculously, as soon as she is out the window she can walk, run, climb, and talk like a grownup. So she heads out to seek her fortune.
The first adventure she has is rescuing Bootsie, The Cattle-hearding Chiahuahua. Bootsie has been kicked by a cow and is bleeding. Boo has some band aids in her pack – this pack will be like Bill Lepp’s magical Swiss Army Knife, containing everything from sophisticated medical supplies, to lasers, to time machines, and, of course her pacifier, which she affectionately calls her “suckie.”
She saves Bootsie, who is bilingual. He thanks her in Spanish: “Muchas Gracias mi muchacha.” She does not understand so not only do they have adventures for the rest of the book but he teaches her some fun Spanish phrases like: NO TOQUEZ NADA (Don’t Touch!) if someone is bothering them. Their main job is to face ghosts, and monsters, demons: boogies, the boo hag, banshees, and . . .
Joyce Westerman grew up on a farm in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. As a kid, she cleaned the barn, picked vegetables, and helped her father cut down trees. But what she really loved to do was play baseball. Joyce played ball at recess and with friends whenever she could. She even joined her aunt’s adult softball team when she was only twelve.
As Joyce got older, she went to work at a factory in Kenosha. But when World War II broke out, she got a chance to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Women from all over the country signed up to show off their skills. Only a few were good enough, and Joyce was one of them. For eight years, Joyce travelled around the United Stated playing ball, winning the league championship in her last season.
This addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers tells the story of a woman who lived her dream of becoming a professional athlete. In a time when women had few opportunities for careers, and next to none in professional sports, Joyce and her teammates showed that women have what it takes.
Christy MacKinnon Gallaudet University Press, 1993 Library of Congress HV2577.M33A3 1993 | Dewey Decimal 362.42092
Rendered in lovely, full-color illustrations, Silent Observer traces the early life of author Christy MacKinnon in Nova Scotia at the turn of the century. Born in 1889, the author lost her hearing from “the Winter fever” at the age of two. Her story tells of a simple, charming life on her family’s farm by the bay and in the schoolhouse where her father taught her in their hometown of Boisdale.
Silent Observer is an affectionate, poignant memoir of childhood as seen through the eyes of a vivacious young girl. Teachers, parents, and children will share in their enjoyment of this beautiful, sensitive story of a harder but wonderful time that has passed.