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Dear Miss Breed by Joanne F. Oppenheim
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Apr 15, 08

bookshelves: nonfiction, juvenile, middle_school_08, illustrations, middleschool, older-elementary
Read in October, 2007

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and the Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim.

What would you do if you were told that you had to leave your home, your school, and your friends and go live somewhere far away and very different than anything you’ve ever known? What if you were also told that you were now considered an “enemy” of the country, of the country you were born in?

During the Second World War, the President of the United States gave the military the power to move more than 110,00 people of Japanese descent from their homes and businesses, and ship them off to various camps throughout the western United States. Many were forced for four years to live behind barbed-wire, in conditions that were primitive, harsh, and often, unforgiving.

Some young people, however, were lucky enough to be friends with a librarian from San Diego, California. By sending books, buying them candy and requested supplies, and writing words of encouragement, and even visiting them on one occasion, Clara Breed kept these young people connected to the world they once knew and, most importantly, to hope.

To experience the joys and sorrows of these young people, and become a part of the wonderful friendship they benefited from, read this book!

Grade 6 and up. American History (non-fiction). AHA-3322
Submitted 12/15/07 by Carolyn D. Reed

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