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Presents true accounts of children forced to live in Japanese American confinement camps. Personal narratives, informative infographics, and historical photos make this title a compelling and thought-provoking read for young history lovers.


Interest Level: Grades 5-9
Reading Level: Grades 5-6
Dewey: 970
Lexile® Measure: 840
F&P Level: W


Library Bound: $34.21 (List) / $23.95 (S/L)

Paperback: $11.95

Multiuser Hosted eBook: $24.95


Booklist, October 1, 2018

Children in Japanese American Confinement Camps

This volume in the Children in History series (8 titles) provides simply written, accessible information about the experience of Japanese American children (nisei) who, along with their families, were confined in camps during WWII. The book’s seven chapters provide essential information by focusing on individual young people. Thus, 14-year-old William J. Akiyoshi and his family were sent to the Minidoka Camp in Idaho, which—with armed guards always watching—felt more like prison than a confinement camp. Two “In Their Own Words” sections provide first-hand accounts of children’s experiences. Information about deaths in the camps, loyalty oaths, and the end of the camps is accompanied by critical-thinking questions and plentiful illustrations, primarily period black-and-white photographs and infographics. Though no sources are cited, a glossary and a brief index are included. — Michael Cart

School Library Connection, January/February 2019

Children in Japanese American Confinement Camps

“First person accounts written by children can be hard to find and this series can help to fill that void. Recommended.” —Kim Laskey

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