They Called Us Enemy

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Powerful graphic memoir of actor's internment as a child.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 12+

Engages and informs readers while modeling how to advocate for democracy

George Takei's They Called Us Enemy is just the novel we need right now. Takei tells his story with honesty and insight. His memoir is illustrated beautifully and appropriately for this age group. Even the most traumatic of scenes are visually depicted in a way that brings awareness to a dark moment without employing an inappropriate level of gore for teen readers. The book starts off from George's perspective as a boy in the camp, and then evolves to George's reflective perspective as an adult in our current society, making connections to current events. He includes names of political figures and historical facts with the sole purpose of informing his readers while modeling how to advocate for democracy using knowledge from our past.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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