Pauline Vaeluaga Smith (Samoan/Tuvaluan/Scottish/Irish)
Told through the diary entries of 12-year-old Sofia, this story follows her experience as a biracial—pālagi (white) and Samoan—girl during the 1970s in Wellington, New Zealand. Her father is a Samoan immigrant, and during the time of dawn raids, Pacific Islanders face threats of deportation. Sofia doesn’t consider having a role in social activism until her older brother, Lenny, joins Māori protests for land and language reclamation. While there is growing anger and violence against Pacific Islander immigrants, Sofia celebrates her heritage by learning Māori songs and games and, ultimately, becoming an outspoken public speaker for peace.