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Journey To Topaz: A Story Of The Japanese-American Evacuation

In 1941, eleven-year-old Yuki is looking forward to Christmas when disaster strikes: she and her family, along with everyone of Japanese descent on the West Coast, are labeled enemy aliens. The FBI arrests her father, and she, her mother, and her brother are imprisoned in a bleak and dusty camp surrounded by barbed wire in the Utah desert. There, she and her family experience both true friendship and heart-wrenching tragedy.

Based on Yoshiko Uchida's personal experiences, this is the moving story of one girl's struggle to remain brave during the Japanese internment of World War II. First published in 1971, this novel was the first children’s book about the wartime incarceration written by a Japanese American. Now, in this 50th anniversary edition — with new cover art and a new foreword by Traci Chee — a new generation of readers can explore the consequences of prejudice and the capacities of the human spirit.

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"Although classified as juvenile reading, many adults will find this book enlightening. It is written with skill, sensitivity and a confidence gained from first-hand experience.'' — Pacific Citizen

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 and up
Author Yoshiko Uchida
Illustrator Donald Carrick
ISBN 1890771910
Publication Date Feb 1, 2005
Publisher Heyday
Language English