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Uchida, Yoshiko.
New York : Heyday Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.9
ISBN 1890771910
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Journey to Topaz is about a young Japanese American girl, trying to keep her and her family together after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.   Before the bombing, people were already prejudiced of the Japanese, but after the bombing their prejudice turned into suspicion.  The FBI come to Yuki's house to take her father away for questioning.  But it gets even worse when she and her family get sent to an interment camp.  Yuki used to sleep in a bed in her clean bedroom, and go to school every day, but now she sleeps in a horse stable on a straw mattress, and suffers through sandstorms and severe illnesses.   She tries as much and as hard as she can to keep her and her hopes and her family's hopes together.   Will Yuki and her family ever return to their normal lives?  (Sarah P., student, fifth grade, age 11)
SUBJECTS:     Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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