|ANGEL ISLAND by Russell Freedman, 2016 FOCAL Award Winner, and Puppets by Jesse Kingsley|
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain tells the story of the immigration center on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, once called the “Ellis Island of the West”, that processed immigrants, mostly from China and Asia, between 1910 and 1940. It highlights a tumultuous time when immigration policies were used in discriminatory ways. The book gives the reader insight into the struggles and hopes of the people who passed through this center and to the efforts to preserve it as a historic site. Russell Freedman was unable to come to the luncheon, but in his stead, his editor, Dinah Stevenson, VP and Publisher at Clarion Books, came to accept the award.
|Table centerpiece created by the students of art teacher Ray Moszkowicz at Nobel Middle School, LAUSD|
|Student essay winners meet Dinah Stevenson, Editor of Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain|
|Student essay winners Rokshana Bushra, Caleb Kim and Noah Kim introduced by Sandy Schuckett|
|Puppeteer Jesse Kingsley presenting puppet to Dinah Stevenson|
For many years I have admired the books of Russell Freedman, who, as Dinah said, has been called the “guru of nonfiction writing for children.” I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet him in person, but Dinah Stevenson’s presentation made me feel as if I had.
|Award Committee Chair, Sada Mozer (right) with centerpiece depicting Angel Island|