Set in an incarceration camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events, this moving love story finds hope in heartbreak. To fall in love is already a gift. But to fall in love in a place like Minidoka, a place built to make people feel like they werenít humanóthat was miraculous. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tama is sent to live in a War Relocation Center in the desert. All Japanese Americans from the West Coastóelderly people, children, babiesónow live in prison camps like Minodoka. To be who she is has become a crime, it seems, and Tama doesnít know when or if she will ever leave. Trying not to think of the life she once had, she works in the campís tiny library, taking solace in pages bursting with color and light, love and fairness. And she isnít the only one. George waits each morning by the door, his arms piled with books checked out the day before. As their friendship grows, Tama wonders: Can anyone possibly read so much? Is she the reason George comes to the library every day? Beautifully illustrated and complete with an afterword, back matter, and a photo of the real Tama and Georgeóthe authorís grandparentsóMaggie Tokuda-Hallís elegant love story for readers of all ages sheds light on a shameful chapter of American history.