Kiku Hughes

fiction graphic novel historical lgbtqia+ middle grade
emotional informative reflective medium-paced

288 pages | first published 2020

A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps in Displacement, a historical graphic novel from Kiku Hughes.

Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.

These displacements keep occurring until Kiku finds herself stuck back in time. Living alongside her young grandmother and other Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class. She witnesses the lives of Japanese-Americans who were denied their civil liberties and suffered greatly, but managed to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive.

Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory.

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informative 84%
emotional 77%
reflective 72%
sad 34%
inspiring 30%
challenging 27%
adventurous 22%
hopeful 22%
tense 13%
dark 11%
mysterious 4%


fast 56%
medium 40%
slow 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Character: 25% | Plot: 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 40% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 20% | N/A: 6%

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