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Missing in Action

Missing in Action

For Ages: 10 - 14
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Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing. Jay Thacker is used to being called names because his dad is half Navajo. But things are different after he and his mother move to a small town in Utah to stay with his grandparents during World War II. Jay makes friends and earns money working the fields for his well-respected grandfather—but he encounters a problem in Ken, a fellow worker who’s from the nearby Japanese internment camp. Ken’s a Jap. And Jay’s dad, who’s been fighting for the Navy out in the Pacific, is missing in action. This understated and moving story from the author of the acclaimed Soldier Boys chronicles an unlikely friendship and gives readers a glimpse of the past that enlightens the present.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442412484 | 
  • February 2011 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9 | 
  • Lexile HL620
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Dean Hughes
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Dean Hughes

Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and nine grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah.

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