jhor0107, October 18, 2008 (view all comments by jhor0107)
I had to read this book for a US history class and was surprised by how much I enjoyed learning about Japanese internment life. This book gives the insight into the life of Jeanne, a young Japanese American girl forced to live in Manzanar, an internment camp in the west. I loved learning about how life was and how it was affected even after the Japanese were released.
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tiffanybeth, September 19, 2008 (view all comments by tiffanybeth)
An enthralling and captivating book that enlightens children to things that are rather complex. An ingenious way of conveying a message and a part of history.
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Shoshana, June 20, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Jeanne Watatsuki Houston recalls her family's internment in Manzanar, one of the Western camps to which Japanese citizens and non-citizens alike were evacuated after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Houston's story has a special poignancy because there were aspects of the camp that became familiar and comfortable to her. She describes her family's history before and after their years in the camp as a context for the interpersonal strains during their internment. In addition, she describes the phenomenon of not fitting in as a more general developmental issue, one made particularly acute in her case by the intersection of adolescence and racism.
Since the research shows that most people who were interned in these camps did not discuss the experience with their own children, and that those who did have only a very brief conversation about it, Houston's account is all the more important and moving. Read in conjunction with Kessler's Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family and Wiesel's Night for comparison and contrast.
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Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was sent to live at Manzanar internment camp. This is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention.
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