Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire

ISBN-10: 1580897894
ISBN-13: 9781580897891
Author: Tunnell, Michael O.
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Publication Date: October 2020

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 144

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Lexile: 1090L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century

JUVENILE NONFICTION / School & Education

A moving primary source sheds light on the experience of Japanese American children imprisoned in a World War II internment camp. A classroom diary created by Japanese American children paints a vivid picture of daily life in a so-called "internment camp." Mae Yanagi was eight years old when she started school at Topaz Camp in Utah. She and her third-grade classmates began keeping an illustrated diary, full of details about schoolwork, sports, pets, holidays, and health--as experienced from behind barbed wire. Diary pages, archival photographs, and narrative nonfiction text convey the harsh changes experienced by the children, as well as their remarkable resilience.