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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  81 reviews
From the author of Soldier Boys and Search and Destroy comes a thought-provoking, action-packed page-turner based on the little-known history of the Japanese Americans who fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

Yuki Nakahara is an American.

But it’s the start of World War II, and America doesn’t see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans,
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published November 7th 2016)
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Tom Mathews
It may not be a literary masterpiece but Dean Hughes’ newest young adult novel tells a story that bears repeating again and again. The men of the 442nd Regimental Combat team, made up almost entirely of soldiers of Japanese ancestry, fought heroically against the Germans in World War II. They became the most decorated unit in the history of American warfare, earning, among other things, twenty-one Medals of Honor and eight Presidential Unit Citations. 9,486 Purple Hearts were awarded to the 14,0 ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book thoroughly, because of how it talked about the untold WWII story of the Nisei-1st Generation Japanese Americans-troops that fought to protect a country that did not want to accept them. With their sacrifices it gave us a hope and a chance to live in the country with the freedoms we have today. Without their bravery, who knows where the world would be know. I usually do not read books about war, but I saw this at the bookfair and it seemed like the only middle-school th ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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Yuki lives on a farm in California, and right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, things get bad. His father is taken away, and the family ends up at an internment after having to sell the farm. Despite this, Yuki andhis friend Shig both feel that they should join the army, and end up training in the South and being deployed to Italy with the 442nd "Go For Broke" regiment. This group saw horrendous action and was involved in a lot of fighting. Yuki sees many of his comrades fall on th
Eddy Kim
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It ties everything about war into one book. It includes the relationships between people, the gruesomeness of war, the reality of glory in war, and life after war. It gave me a better perspective on WWII and war in general. Great book that represents battle the right and realistic way. I recommended this book to anyone that is interested in battles, especially WWII.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Clarification: I think my honest rating would be 2 1/2 stars but I bumped it up to 3 because I didn't want to shortchange the book and author. Review: Why would I read this book, you (and I) might ask. One, it was the summer reading project book chosen by my oldest grandson, the one that I have a book club with. Two, it is a Texas Lone Star book choice. This is one of several military books written by Hughes, and this one was a timely choice as it deals with the Japanese internment during WWII. ...more
Rustin Verret
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lone-stars-2018
Yuki Nakahara is an American. But when the Japanese army aligned with the Axis Powers attacks Pearl Harbor, no one sees him that way. They see him as a no good son of two Japanese immigrants. Yuki doesn't want to be seen that way. He wants to be an American, so he enlists in the army to help fight World War II. Will Yuki and his best friend Shig survive, or will they go down in fighting for the country that hates them?

I have been waiting for a long time to read another historical fiction and thi
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story about Japanese Americans who were put in internment camps during WWII simply because they were of Japanese heritage. Some of these people were from families who had been in America for many generations. It is sad and is not fair, but it happened. The young son from one such family decided to join the military and fight for the country he loved, in spite of the fact that the country did not seem to love him back. How do these things happen? It was such an indignity to these good A ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent and thought provoking book. The descriptions of war are appropriate for 8th graders. Not watered down, but none of the F-bombs that are prevalent in a lot of more adult WWII novels
Ursula Weissfeld
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's so well written I wonder if the author was in the war.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid writing, and a likeable main character. I particularly loved the battle details, the way deaths weren't glossed over but each loss got a moment, and the gross but realistic descriptions of stuff like trench foot. It's a good choice for those reasons, but I think it's an even better choice for the depiction of racism and the darkness of what America did to it's own citizens during WWII. I bumped it up a star rating just for being the right book at the right time.

I recall learning about inte
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story about Yuki, an eighteen year old boy and Shig, his best friend. They used to live like any other American teenager, until WW2 starts. Now, they are enemies to everyone. All of the Japeneese people get moved to camps out in the middle of no where, including Yuki, Shig, and their families. But when Yuki and Shig have a chance to join the army, they leave to go fight for their country, win the war, and come back heroes.
Will they both return alive?
Was war what they thought it would b
Liz Friend
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story: Yuki and Shig decide to enlist in WWII to fight for their country--and to prove that America IS their country. They become part of the 4-4-2, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was made up of Japanese soldiers, and which while fighting in Europe became the most decorated combat group in history. The boys always thought they'd come home they realize they'll be lucky to make it home at all.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Violence PG-13; Sexual content G; Nudity G;
Kelsey Buckley
It wasn't my personal favorite book, but I can see many of my middle school students enjoying this book.

It is difficult to imagine being in Yuki's shoes. His family has been forced to leave their home to live in a Japanese relocation camp, yet he still enlists to fight for that very same country. The bravery and loyalty of the young men that fought for their country like Yuki is something that needs to be shared with the world.

I appreciate that Hughes wrote a book about this topic and the auth
Samma Lynne
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
DNF at 25%

Though the subject matter is very timely considering the current political environment, the writing just did not hold my attention.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
In December 1941, right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, high school student Yuki Nakahara witnessed his father, a California strawberry farmer, being arrested by the FBI as a Japanese spy and them tell his mother she is now an enemy alien.

Now, in April 1943, Yuki, his mother, younger brother Mick, and sisters Kay and May have all been living in the Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz. In fact, all west coast Japanese peoples, regardless of whether they were Nis
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will review this book as a YA book, meant for Middle Schoolers and early High School. I'm pretty sure that's what it's meant for....or at least that's what it should be meant for lol.

Writing: The writing was definitely meant for those in Middle School and early High School, anything later I would be disappointed lol. First, the writing has a lot of telling and not showing. Now, this did not change the fact that it still makes its readers think and feel emotional (I nearly cried twice), I just
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juniors
Four-Four-Two is about 2 Japanese-Americans teens during World War 2. The 442nd regimental combat team is a real combat team during World War 2 made up of mainly Japanese American who fought for the US during World War 2. The story follows Yuki Nakahara who is trying to prove he is truthfully an American and enlist in the military, and his best friend Shigeo “Shig” Omura who is his wingman for everything. In this book the brave one would have to be Yuki because he is the one who calls the shot f ...more
Ms. Albert
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school students interested in World War II history
Shelves: young-adult
Based on the real 442nd Regiment, an all Japanese regiment that fought in World War II, the author has created a work of historical fiction that is so vivid and gut-wrenching that it made me cry real tears as I read. It provokes thought in this day when racial bias once again runs amok and it sometimes seems that we haven't learned our lessons well. Shig and Yuki are two average American teenagers, whom the reader becomes friends with before they ship out to Europe. Their reaction to their first ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Hughes, Dean Four-Four-Two, 259 pgs. Atheneum, 2016. $17.99. Language: G; Mature Content PG; Violence: PG-13 (war description).

Yuki Nakahara is a teenager forced into Topaz, a Japanese internment camp during World War II. He and his good friend, Shig, enlist to fight in the war to prove that they are indeed loyal Americans. Because of prejudice against Japanese Americans during the war, all the AJA (American Japanese) were put into their own battalion. As the author notes, “The 100th Infantry Ba
Kirra B.
Yuki NakaHara said "Don't underestimate them. They're well trained and they have effective weapons. They're fighting to protect their home land now, and they won't just lay down thier rifles and let us walk on in."(page 148) I like this quote because it helps you understand that you can't just underestimate some one because of what you hear ,but only estimate some one on there actions. This quote is some thing everyone can learn some thing new from. "Four -Four- Two" by Dean Hughes is about a bo ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I found myself disappointed again. From the start, the book felt formulaic. At one point I looked at the jacket cover after I started reading the book and saw that Dean Hughes has written more than 80 books for young adults. That just confirmed what I already felt about the formulaic nature of the book. Every single author I know that churns out that many books has narratives that follow the same formula over and over again. I have never read any of Hughes' other works but I'm sure that if I wer ...more
Leah Cossette
Yuki Nakahara is eighteen years of age when his father is taken away. In the aftermath of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans subject to increasing racial discrimination, until finally they are sent to an internment camp. But Yuki is a loyal American, and when he has an opportunity to join the Army, he takes it. Yuki and his friend Shig join the 442nd, a regiment of all-Japanese soldiers who fight courageously in defense of the country that is keeping their families imprisoned.

Jack H
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four Four Two, by Dean Hughes is set during World War Two just after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Yuki, a teenage boy living in California, and his family are then taken to an isolated camp in Nevada. This is what happened to all Japanese Americans living on the west coast. Yuki is outraged by this because he considered himself a total American who would never turn on his country. By the time he turns eighteen, he knows that he cannot just sit back and do nothing while innocent people are d ...more
Mary Sanchez
After Pearl Harbor, Yuki Nakahara wants to prove his patriotism to the United States after his father is taken prisoner and his family is interned as aliens at an internment camp in Utah. Yuki convinces his best friend Shig to join the army with him and they continue to be together at basic training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and fight the Germans in Europe. There is no respect for Japanese American soldiers and they are even segregated into their own regiment--the 442, but they distinguish t ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great recommendation from this year’s ALA books for reluctant readers. A fast-paced, action packed historical novel about the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team made up entirely of “Nisei” Japanese Americans, many of who enlisted while being held in Japanese Internment camps. In the face of bigotry, prejudice, fear and misunderstanding these brave American soldiers were the most decorated unit in US military history. A lesser known, inspiring story of devotion to the US during WW II. And a Uta ...more
Jalen Figgins
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boom! imagine your life going along just like everyone else and then now you have to fight for your very existence. In Four-Four-Two is a book about two characters named Yuki Nakahara and Shig, they had a normal life in highschool before The Pearl Harbor Bombing. They were being constantly harassed and abused at school and then to escape the life they had been given after the attack, they joined the military and both was deployed somewhere in the Middle East. Yuki was later on promoted from priv ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this book on a whim. It was in the library and I felt like reading something about the Asians, especially Asian-Americans. I've heard of the 442 before and I was attracted to the thought that someone thought enough of them to write a young adult book for this neglected minority.

I have to admit I cried... in class... My students didn't notice. They were engrossed in their own books.

I've already shared this book with my students but I'm hoping to entice the social studies teachers to push th
Jen Bojkov
On the 2018-2019 Lone Star list. Not the most literary of the books on the list that I have read so far, and a little heavy-handed in parts, but it tells an important story. I’ve seen other reviewers say that this meets a specific need for boys who like to read war stories and who like all the description, action, and facts- I agree- I know there are plenty of kids I could hand this book to and I will most definitely keep Dean Hughes in mind as a great realistic, historical fiction recommendatio ...more
Yarp Group
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-yarp
Either MS or HS level. History seems to forget how the US people treated the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. Not only were their lives up rooted and placed in camps everyone was treated as a spy. Yuki tries to show people that he is an American and he talks his friend into joining the army with him. They must leave their family to form another one to survive. THey even had to have their own combat team, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Their team fought harder and lost more men but soon ...more
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Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three ...more
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“It struck Yuki as almost comic that humans drew lines on the globe, and on both sides of those lines raised up armies. Then they fought and died to take possession of...what? Hills. Yuki knew he had to fight, and had to win, but that didn't make war anything to be proud of.” 0 likes
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