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Children's Fiction Friendship

We Belong Here

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Ruth Ohi

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Friendship, Diversity & Multicultural, Prejudice & Racism
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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In troubling times, two very different children find power in friendship and solidarity.


Eve Bloom doesn’t like being taunted at school for being a newcomer. This is her home. When Eve notices the same children bullying Mark Nakamura for his Japanese culture, she jumps in to defend him. A fast friendship forms, built on shared stories, loyalty and laughter.

When Eve’s family’s business is threatened, and Mark’s father may need to move again to find work, Eve’s clever thinking shows everyone that when friends help one another the whole community is better together.

We Belong Here is a story of friendship between a Japanese boy and a Jewish girl in Canada soon after the end of World War II. While the setting is historical, the themes are perennial: the power of friendship, family and community and the strength of solidarity in the face of adversity. It reminds readers that children can take actions that make a true difference.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

Ruth Ohi's profile page


  • Short-listed, IODE Jean Throop Award

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