Incommunicado By Randall Platt
Just about everyone is incommunicado in the small, sleepy Oregon coastal town of Sea Park during winter. Until Pearl Harbor, that is, when it springs to patriotic life. But is Ruby Opal Pearl (a.k.a. Jewels) Stokes the only person to see what’s really happening here? Tommy Kiramoto, the one person in her life who has provided security, shelter, and a smidgeon of respect—and who owns the biggest resort on the coast—is now the cause of the town’s rage. Tommy’s Japanese ancestry makes him the prime target of an angry mob, not to mention he’s also rich, has a shady past, and everyone in town owes him money. As the town's patriotism blossoms into paranoia and turns violent, Jewels has to do something to protect Tommy from internment (or worse), even if that something is going up against the town and the government, not to mention the FBI. Thus begins a twelve-year-old girl’s war within a war.

Randall Platt’s Incommunicado is both timely and timeless. It's about the meaning of courage and the willingness to stand up for what's right, even when it goes against the prevailing attitudes of the time and place. It's also about the insidious way groups and communities can nurture ignorance and prejudice. But most of all, it’s an adventure story set in a town full of unforgettable characters, during a time of great intrigue and peril, no matter which enemy or on what front you fight.

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AuthorBy Randall Platt
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published4 November 2014
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.

About the author

Randall Platt writes fiction for adults, young adults, those who don't own up to being either. Platt has been a full-time writer for more than twenty-five years. Her young adult fiction has twice been awarded the Willa Cather Literary Award, has been awarded the Will Rogers Medallion, has won the Keystone State Reading Award, and has received honorable mentions for the Washington State Book Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

"The town's rage against Mr. Kaye feels achingly real and darkens the mood, like the blackout cloths required on all windows. Despite her affection for him, even Jewels at times can't help but wonder if he's the enemy. She's a conflicted and complex character, imbued with unending, infectious spunk. . . . Readers will respond to one girl's determination to do what's right during a dark time." —Kirkus Reviews

"In Randall Platt's able hands, young Jewels comes to life as a courageous and compassionate girl, willing to stand up for what she believes in and protect a local American of Japanese ancestry from an angry mob in their Oregon town - and from internment by the U.S. government during the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. With vibrant dialogue and strong characters that leap off the page, Incommunicado offers a fresh, direct and unflinching look at rippling effects of a distant war on the people who live at home." —Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine and Enchanting Lily

“Part history and part mystery, Incommunicado has a feisty heroine worth cheering for.” —Peg Kehret, author of Animals Welcome and Dangerous Deception

"Through the clear eyes and no-nonsense voice of scrappy twelve-year-old Jewels Stokes, Randall Platt gives us a welcome take on World War II in a home front setting rarely explored, a coastal town in the Pacific Northwest where residents have the distinction of fearing the sight of invading soldiers on the beaches every time they lift the corner of their blackout curtains. Through Jewels—a character I fell in love with from the very first pages—Platt makes the tension palpable, and offers thoughtful insight on our country’s immediate turn against Japanese-Americans in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. With serious issues deftly interwoven, Incommunicadois, above all, a crackling yarn, with plot twists and action scenes so vivid, I felt I was already watching the thrilling movie version!" —Linda Crew, author of Children of the River
ISBNs: 9781629146461 978-1-62914-646-1 Title: incommunicado category:JUV ISBNs: 9781632202109 978-1-63220-210-9 Title: incommunicado category:JUV 
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