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Farewell to Manzanar

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating memoir portrays childhood during internment.

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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston reveals the tragic story of the United States' crime against Japanese Americans within her own coming-of-age story. This book continues to resonate with young readers due to her personal details as well as historical ones. For example, it's equally important that Jeanne relates her memories of her father's arrest as it is that she shares a memory of some girls who were mean to her in dance class. The fact that she is a little girl like any other little girl means that readers relate to her experience, and care deeply about her story. This is an honest, detailed, personal account of a disgraceful chapter in the United States' history, told in a relatable way that young readers can digest and appreciate.

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