Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment

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Bantam Books, 1974 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 145 pages
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Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the  nation's #1 hit: "Don't Fence Me In."

Farewell to Manzanaris the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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User Review  - alys143 - Borders

"Farewell to Manzanar" by Jeanne Wakatsuki is about her and her family's hardships during the time of the Japanese American War. Her and her family lived a noraml life in Hawaii, but after the Pearl ... Read full review

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The author's account of her family's time in the Japanese interment camp was very moving. She illustrates a segregation in American society that was not justly depicted in history. Many Japanese ... Read full review


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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston live and write in Santa Cruz, California. For their teleplay for the NBC television drama based on Farewell to Manzanar, they received the prestigious Humanitas Prize.

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