Have you wondered what I have been doing lately? I am delighted to announce that my children’s novel, KEEP YOUR SONGS IN YOUR HEART, is now available on Amazon in both print and eBook formats!
The book opens in 1941. Ruby Carol Rafferty is an ebullient 11-year-old who loves performing in school shows and idolizes the movie star Carole Lombard. She is overjoyed to find out that her parents are planning to take her and her best friend, Emiko Fujiwara, on a special trip to Hollywood over the upcoming Christmas vacation.
But the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, and suddenly Ruby’s happy life is turned completely upside-down. Emiko’s father is arrested by the FBI as a possible “enemy alien,” even though she knows good and well that he isn’t one (and has no trouble letting the FBI agents who descend on her Emi’s home know how she feels on that matter, either). America declares to war against Japan a day later. Germany and Italy, Japan’s allies, respond by declaring war on America. The Japanese Americans in Seattle are getting the worst of it with one restriction placed on them after another. Ruby’s father wants to join the Army, and a new classmate, Vera, a refugee from Berlin, doesn’t know what happened to Mitzi, the cousin that may not escaped from Germany before the war started.
Can Ruby, Emi and Mitzi hold on to all the good things they are and keep a song in their hearts until the world comes back to its senses?
Parents and teachers out there, please take note: this old-fashioned story about a funny kid named Ruby and her two little best friends is well-researched – and it’s wholesome, too. It can provide middle grade students with a lot of background information about the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent events that happened on the Seattle Home Front. Here’s the link to the Amazon page, and enjoy!