The Princess Dolls

The Princess Dolls
Series: Chapter Books
Genre: Mariko Ando
Tag: New Release
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Year: 2018 May
Length: 148 pages
ISBN: 9781926890081
About the Book

Vancouver, 1942. When best friends Esther and Michiko spot the beautiful Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret dolls—in vogue at the time—in the local toy store window, they long to get the dolls for their shared birthday. But when Esther receives the doll and Michiko doesn’t, their friendship starts to unravel.

The story is set against the backdrop of an atmosphere of increasing hostility and racist attacks upon the Japanese community—culminating in the Internment.

As the story opens, restrictions on Japanese Canadians are increasing. Then Michiko and her family are sent away. With such enormous barriers erected between them, Esther and Michiko are left to their own devices as to how to mend their friendship.

About the Author
Ellen Schwartz

is a highly acclaimed author of twelve books for young children and teen guides to vegetarianism and yoga. She has written Abby's Birds and Mr. Belinsky's Bagels for Tradewind Books. Ellen lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she loves to watch the birds that come to her bird feeder all year round.