Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

Jennifer Wharton, our Nonfiction Picture Books category chair, blogs about books at Jean Little Library–but she also has another blog, Flying Off My Bookshelf, where she uses a really neat flipcard feature to showcase book reviews in a colorful, cover-art-oriented fashion.

IchiroToday's featured review is from one of those flipcards–a couple of months ago Jennifer looked at Teen Graphic Novels finalist Ichiro by Ryan Inzana. Ichiro is half Japanese and half American, and when his American father dies, his mom decides to move them to Japan. It's a complex story about identity, war, and growing up. As Jennifer put it in her review,

Ichiro's complex feelings about his soldier father, his American
grandfather's feelings about war, his Japanese grandfather's
remembrances of WWII, and the dialogue he has with the spirits in the
underworld, especially the god of war, all shape and mature his thoughts
and ideas.

Read the full review here.