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Dream, Annie, dream

by Brown, Waka T.,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 17 copies
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In this empowering deconstruction of the so-called American Dream, a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl grapples with, and ultimately rises above, the racism and trials of middle school she experiences while chasing her dreams.

As the daughter of immigrants who came to America for a better life, Annie Inoue was raised to dream big. And at the start of seventh grade, she's channeling that irrepressible hope into becoming the lead in her school play.

So when Annie lands an impressive role in the production of The King and I, she's thrilled . . . until she starts to hear grumbles from her mostly white classmates that she only got the part because it's an Asian play with Asian characters. Is this all people see when they see her Is this the only kind of success they'll let her have--one that they can tear down or use race to belittle

Disheartened but determined, Annie channels her hurt into a new dream: showing everyone what she's made of.

Waka T. Brown, author of While I Was Away, delivers an uplifting coming-of-age story about a Japanese American girl's fight to make space for herself in a world that claims to celebrate everyone's differences but doesn't always follow through.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "During the summer before seventh grade, Annie is questioning what it means to be a second-generation Japanese American growing up in Topeka, Kansas, and whether her friendship with her wealthy, privileged friend Jessica will endure. Though Annie initially fears that she's being disloyal to her friend, she's beginning to recognize that Jessica sometimes misuses her trust and that Jessica's mom tends to patronize Annie's mother as well. During the school year, as Annie participates in three community theater productions in addition to playing on the basketball team and sometimes struggling to complete math assignments, she becomes increasingly self-confident and more aware of microaggressions toward herself, members of her family, and others. Set in 1987 and divided into three acts, one for each of the theater productions that define Annie's pivotal seventh-grade year, her first-person narrative plays out at school, at home, and against an enticing backdrop of backstage camaraderie and onstage thrills shared by drama students. Brown sensitively portrays Annie's shift from a girl who readily makes adaptations to fit in with the majority culture to a person who is fully aware of racial prejudice yet dreams of a bright future. This thought-provoking historical novel highlights issues faced by many Asian Americans, past and present."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 1987, Japanese American Aoi Inoue (better known as Annie Enoway, "which people seemed more comfortable with"), dreams of being on stage. And after catching the basketball bug from her father, despite not even reaching 5'3", Annie is also excited to try out for a team. Though the girl is a dreamer like her optimistic dad--who's a big believer in the American dream--her down-to-earth mother never fails to remind Annie that her aspirations may not be realistic, instead encouraging a career in math and science. Nevertheless, Annie makes the basketball team and continues to pursue theater at every opportunity. The 12-year-old's chance onstage comes when she stars in her school production of The King and I, but a story spreads that she was only cast as the lead in the Siam-set show because she's Asian. Not only that, the rumor comes from an unexpected source, forcing Annie to grapple with whom she can trust as well as with the microaggressions happening all around her Kansas hometown. With encouragement from the school's theater director, Annie channels her hurt and confusion into the next production, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. Brown (While I Was Away) paints a realistic picture of one Japanese American child's experiences growing up in a mostly white town. Annie's arc is an uplifting one as she traverses the highs and lows of friendship, middle school, and family expectations to fulfill her dreams, despite the bigoted thinking of people around her. An author's note details inspiration for the work. Ages 8--12. Agent: Penny Moore, Aevitas Creative Management. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Middle school girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's plays -- Juvenile fiction.
Japanese Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Racism against Asians -- Juvenile fiction.
Children of immigrants -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Japanese American children -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Racism against Asians -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2022
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780063017160
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