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Thin Wood Walls by David Patneaude
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Jan 18, 08

bookshelves: ya-fiction, caudill-2007, historical, wars-wwii
Read in September, 2006

The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and Americans of Japanese descent are eyed with suspicion and contempt by some of their former friends and neighbors. Joe and Mike Hanada have lived in Washington state all their lives with their parents and grandmother. Soon, their lives are turned upside down when their father is suddenly ‘taken away’ and the rest of the family is taken to a war relocation camp. Joe spends his time writing in his journal, waiting for letters from his father and friends far away and expressing his thoughts in haiku poetry. Mike longs for ‘freedom’ and anxiously awaits his 18th birthday so that he can join the army to show his loyalty to America. Now the family has to worry about their father and Mike. Will they ever be reunited? This fictionalized account of one of America’s most embarrassing moments is fraught with tragedy and triumph, love and hate, enemies and allies. Prejudice never wins, but answering prejudice with loyalty is undeniably courageous.
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