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New children's book pulls from military family life in Hawaiʻi

Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish Zoe Tokushige
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"Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish" by Zoe Tokushige

A new character in the middle-grade book section is Airi Sano, a cheeky 11-year-old whose family has just moved into Fort Shafter housing. First-time author Zoe Tokushige pulled from personal experiences and family ties to Hawaiʻi to write about the Sano family.

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Author Zoe Tokushige

Tokushige weaves in military family life, dives into dyslexia, and explores what that means for the youngster learning to fit into a new school and community.

The Conversation sat down with Tokushige to get the backstory on "Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish," published by Penguin Random House.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 5, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
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