Sylvia & Aki

Conkling, Winifred.  Sylvia & Aki. Tricycle Press, 2011. True friends to this day, Sylvia & Aki never imagined the course of events that brought them together in their childhood. Ms. Conkling's narration introduces us to young Sylvia Mendez moving into Aki Munemitsu's home when Aki's family is relocated to a Japanese internment camp. Sylvia and her siblings are not allowed to register at the same school Aki attended, but are sent to a "Mexican" school. Thus the stage is set for Sylvia's father to challenge the separation of races in California's schools by filing the suit that ultimately led to the desegregation of California schools and helped to build the case that would end school segregation nationally. Winner Book for Older Children, 2012.


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