GENRE:  Nonfiction, Biography-Memoir, Graphic Novel


PUBLISHER:  Top Shelf Productions

AVAILABLE FORMATS:  Hardcover, Paperback,  eBook, Audiobook

LANGUAGES:  Spanish edition available

They Called Us Enemy

By George Takei (co-writer), Justin Eisinger (co-writer), Steven Scott (co-writer), Harmony Becker (artist)

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.


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American Book Award, Winner, 2020

Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, Winner, 2019-2020

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books, 2020

Best Books of the Year by Amazon, NPR, New York Public Library, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, IGN, and Forbes

Booklist, Starred Review, 2019

BookPal "Outstanding Work of Literature" Award for Biography & Memoir, Winner, 2019

CBCC Choices Best-of-the-year List, 2020

Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, Winner, 2020

Good Reads Choice Award Best Graphic Novels & Comics, Nominee, 2019

LA Times Book Club Selection, 2019

Mike Wieringo Award for Best Non-Fiction Comic Work, Winner, 2020

National Cartoonists Society Award for Excellence in   Graphic Novels, Winner, 2020

New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2019

New York Times bestseller

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2019

School Library Journal, Starred Review, 2019

School Library Journal Best Books of 2019, Graphic Novel

Will Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, Winner,   2020

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2020

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten, 2020


Left to Right

Justin Eisinger (co-writer)

George Takei (co-writer)

Harmony Becker (artist)

Steven Scott (co-writer)

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