JOURNEY TO TOPAZ : A STORY
OF THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN EVACUATION
New York : Heyday Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.9
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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)
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction.
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