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Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
In the spring of 1942, on order from the United States government the Uchida family, and all families of Japanese ancestry, were transported to concentration camps in the United States. Before he left, Ben's best friend gave him a notebook to keep a journal. Ben keeps his promise, and the reader becomes privy to his thoughts, impressions, and the occurrences at the camp for one year. Bitterness and bewilderment intermingle as Ben tells how he, his mother and sister must share a room with another family and stand in line to use the lavatory, take a shower and eat their meals. The reader feels Ben's sense of betrayal with the way the American government treats them. Part of the "My Name Is America" series, this story is fiction, but may be based on real people and events. The historical note and photographs provide background for a fuller understanding of this time in America. With more careful editing, the June dates would have been in proper journal order. 1999, Scholastic, $10.95. Ages 9 to 12.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.D4135 Jn 1999