Categories Archives: Take What You Can Carry

Publisher’s Weekly Review

Take What You Can Carry Kevin C. Pyle. Holt, $12.99 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8286-9 Two teenage boys separated by time and culture are connected by shared experiences. Kyle is young and bored with his life in late 1970s suburban Chicago. Having recently moved there, he makes new friends and turns to vandalism and shoplifting […]

Roger Shimomura on Studio 360

My favorite painting teacher from university is the subject of a feature on one of my favorite radio shows:Studio 360 on WNYC. As it turns out, I contacted Roger when I was embarking on “Take What You Can Carry.” He spent part of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp and I wrote him to […]

Post on MacKids blog

The blog for MacMillan Children’s Publishing has a post of mine and the role of research in the creative process. Here’s the (link) and it’s short enough that I’ll post it here too. When the plot for “Take What You Can Carry” first came to me, specifically the idea of setting half the story in […]

The Art of Gaman

One of the aspects of the Japanese-Internment camps that figures prominently in “Take What You Can Carry” is what author and curator Delphine Hirasuna calls the “Art of Gaman.” “Gaman” is a japanese word that means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.” Faced with huge amounts of free time in a harsh and […]

TWYCC Research notes

  Over the next few months I’m going to post links and research notes about the history that serves as a back drop for Take What You Can Carry. The book is structured as two interlocking narratives, one of which tells the story of a 12 year-old Japanese American boy who is relocated to an […]

Surprise in the Mail

  My first copies of Take What You Can Carry just arrived. I wasn’t even expecting these so it was quite a surprise. I’m very happy with the paper stock, which is a non-gloss, warm white. The color on the sepia sections for the camps really works and the cover stock is textured, making it […]