Beacon Hill Boys by Ken Mochizuki

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The long-awaited first novel about growing up Asian American by award-winning author Ken Mochizuki.

Like other Japanese American families in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle, 16-year-old Dan Inagaki's parents expect him to be an example of the "model minority." But unlike Dan's older brother, with his 4.0 GPA and Ivy League scholarship, Dan is tired of being called "Oriental" by his teachers, and sick of feeling invisible; Dan's growing self-hatred threatens his struggle to claim an identity. Sharing his anger and confusion are his best friends, Jerry Ito, Eddie Kanagae, and Frank Ishimoto, and together these Beacon Hill Boys fall into a spiral of rebellion that is all too all-American.

About Ken Mochizuki

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Ken Mochizuki was born in Seattle, Washington in 1954. He grew up in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of south Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1976 with a BA in Communications. Mochizuki was a journalist and actor for many years before writing his picture books and novel, Beacon Hill Boys.
Published November 1, 2002 by Scholastic Press. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mochizuki (Passage to Freedom, not reviewed, etc.) makes the time period vivid with mentions of the music, drugs, hair styles, clothing, and, of course, the Vietnam War.

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But where Dan's friend Eddie rebels by trying to act "black" and another friend by being "The Bad Boy," Dan earns a high profile by lobbying (successfully) for the creation of a comparative American cultures class and for some books in the school library "to teach history from [another] point of ...

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