Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston , is a touching and memorable story that kids-and adults-of all ages will love.
In 1942, Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old. That was when Pearl Harbor was bombed, when Jeanne's father was taken away, when the Wakatsuki family was sent to Manzanar, California, to a Japanese internment camp. The government had sent them because of their Japanese last names, their Oriental eyes, their black hair, although some were American. Manzanar, in the middle of the California desert, is just like any other small town: it has a school, sock hops, choir, neighborhood gossip, a beauty parlor, and much more. But the only thing that the internees at Manzanar don't have is freedom. This a true story.