Candle in the Wind by Maureen Wartski

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On the night of a party celebrating his acceptance into Harvard, Harris Mizuno, a Japanese-American teenager, is shot dead by an elderly white man who mistakes him for an intruder when Harris asks to use the phone because his car has stalled.

It's up to fifteen-year-old Terri Mizuno to take charge when her family falls apart in grief and anger over the tragic murder of her brother. Worse, the sleepy town of Whiteriver, Massachusetts, erupts into hatred, bigotry, and vigilantism. Even Terri's best friend cannot avoid taking sides for or against the frightened old man in the sensationalized court case that follows.

As white supremacist groups descend on the town and attacks of hate graffiti, vandalism, and violence mount against Asian families, the threat of even more bloodshed emerges. Terri knows she must shine the light of reason and understanding on the torn community. And as she tries, she finds help in the most unexpected places....

About Maureen Wartski

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Maureen Wartski is the author of several young adult novels, including the Bank Street Book Committee award winners A Boat to Nowhere and A Long Way from Home. She is also the author of Candle in the Wind, The Face in My Mirror, Dark Silence, Runaway, and What Are They Saying About Me?
Published June 27, 1995 by Fawcett. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Wartski's (The Face in My Mirror) taut novel centers on a Japanese American family grappling with an enormous loss--and extreme prejudice directed at them.

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