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I am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment

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Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry. "In clear and fascinating prose, Stanley has set forth the compelling story of one of America's darkest times-- ...more
Library Binding, 112 pages
Published August 16th 1994 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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“The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a great tragedy in American history, but it resulted in a second tragedy that was no less important: the forced imprisonment in the United States of 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were United States citizens. These citizens had committed no crime, broken no law, and, when their rights were taken away, they were charged with no offense. Their only crime was that they were of Japanese ancestry.”—page 2

On a Sunday afternoon ear
After reading "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," I wanted to know more about this period in history as it related to Americans of Japanese descent. While this book reads a bit like a textbook for a young audience, it was the perfect glimpse into historical facts and real people. I especially loved the photographs. I hope our nation learned from the grave mistakes that were made against this group during WWII.
An excellent book about the Japanese internment. The book gives good historical background on the Japanese in the United States that I found very helpful. I also liked following the story of a real high school boy during the internment period. The photographs are wonderful - some are by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and all add to the written information.

The tone of the book seems aimed at about an 11 - year old audience. The writing, information and pictures seem aimed at a much older audienc
Wayne S.
Shiro (Shi) Nomura was the son of Hachizo and Tsuro Nomura who had emigrated from Japan to Hawaii in 1900 and then to Berkley, CA, in 1905. Shi was born in the United States, and the family finally settled on a farm southwest of Los Angeles at Keystone where Shi became a student at Banning High School and fell in love with Amy Hattori. But the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, changed his life drastically. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order No ...more
Alvin Chi
This book is about world war two and how it affected the Japanese Americans. This was another version of mistreatment of a different group of people other than the Jews. the Japanese were put on a camp very much like the concentration camp but it was a lot less cruel.
This book taught me that don't judge someone unless you saw the true personality of that person. If something in the pass happened just let it go and move on as a person, just don't disrespect on another because of race. Everyone ha
Grade/Interest Level – Middle School
Reading Level: 1180 Lexile
Genre: Informational Book
Main Characters: Japanese Americans
Setting: California, Japanese internment camps
POV: Japanese Americans
Rating: 5 stars

This book tells the true story of Japanese American students that were forced into Japanese interment camps shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The book depicts the stark yet true story of what it felt like for Japanese Americans, young and old, to be forced to evacuate
Ms. Ramsborg
I Am An American
Lexile: 1180

I liked this book a lot because I learned about a part of history that I didn’t know anything about. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, many American people distrusted anyone of Japanese or even Asian ethnicity. Although many people were born in this country and were Americans, they were still discriminated against and locked up in camps because their parents or ancestors came from Japan.
My favorite part of this book was the personal approach to the story because most of
A book with photos about one Japanese-American, Shiro Nomura, who was forcibly detained and put in a Internment Camp just because he had Japanese parents and because he looked different than the typical white person, and he lived in California during the first part of WWII. The government thought he must have been an obvious spy for Japan. Written for teenagers but still a very disturbing and upsetting account of an event that this was allowed because of mass hysteria. Simple background book abo ...more
Reading Level: Middle School

This book traces the story of a Japanese-American who is put into an Internment camp during World War II. It describes what it was like for them to have to be relocated and lose their possessions.

This story is a great asset for the Social Studies curriculum. It can be used as a comparison between treatment of different ethnic groups during World War II and other historical periods. It also opens up discussion regarding the treatment of people based on a certain charac
Stanley tells the true story of the Japanese Internment during World War II from a young Japanese boy's experiences. It has plenty of photographs and was a heartbreaking story of racism and prejudice, but, yet, after the U.S. government took everything away from them, including their dignity, the Japanese Americans went back home and started over without violence and very few complaints.
I'm planning to teach this next year. This is geared toward 5-6th graders. It was great pictures & gives a basic historical background/information about the Japanese internment during WWII, a time in history we often don't discuss or don't know about.
Deborah Harris
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Kyra Harwell
This book provides a view of life from one Japanese-American's experience. It is tragic knowing our government allowed this to occur.
Great book telling story of several people interned and just enough background and historical information
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