Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Journey to Topaz

Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American EvacuationJourney to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this. The story was very interesting because it was true. The author takes us back in time to 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed and how our government reacted toward the Japanese that had been living here at the time. The story centers around Yuki Sakane and her brother and parents and their circle of friends. They were part of the 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans were imprisoned behind barb wire. Two thirds of them were American Citizens at the time of this evacuation. They endured hardships and lost everything they had owned. Yuki was 11 years old when her father was taken away and her mother, brother and herself were moved from their home along with all their neighbors and relocated twice before they were finally reunited with her father and finally released. It was written and portrayed in such an innocent manner from a child's point of view which works very well here. This is a thoughtfully written book and I learned a lot by reading it.

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