Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee

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Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during World War II

During World War II, children everywhere worked hard to help the war effort. When they organize a paper drive at Nim's school, Nim is determined to prove that she, a Chinese American, is patriot enough to collect the most papers, though she faces stiff competition from school bully Garland Stephenson and disapproval from her very traditional grandfather In this tender and funny story, Milly Lee and Yangsook Choi give us a true and glowing slice of life in San Francisco's Chinatown as spunky, resourceful Nim shows that she can be true both to her country and to her heritage.

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Lee is a retired school librarian. Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including "The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy" and "Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong" by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, "Nim and the War Effort" by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA-CBC Children's Book Award Winner.
Published April 1, 2002 by Square Fish. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He's not above stealing a pile of papers left for Nim by her aunt, taking new papers from a vendor, or ridiculing Nim by saying that the winner of the competition will be an American, and ``not some Chinese smarty-pants.'' Nim almost gets the last laugh when she discovers a motherlode of newspape...

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Nim, the protagonist in this sweetly nostalgic trip to San Francisco's Chinatown of 1943, wants desperately to bring in the most newspapers for her school's paper drive-especially after a classmate takes papers that were meant for her.

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