Let us Never Repeat these Shameful Actions #MustRead

Summary:

Extensive data and photography tell the history of how Japanese Americans were treated during World War II. Because the book is built around personal stories, readers also get first-person insight into Japanese culture and traditions, as well.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of pictures and short chapters make this an exceptional nonfiction resource for teens interested not just in history, but prejudice and perseverance, as well.

Content Awareness Factors:

Those 2-page insets invariably came mid-sentence. I would turn the page expecting to finish a thought, but then I'd have a self-contained mini-bio.


Parent Reaction

Imprisoned is fascinating reading (in an educational way), and is filled with personal stories. There are tons of pictures that really help set the context and give you a true sense of time, place, and the conditions that the interned Japanese Americans experienced.

Type of Book:
This pictoral history for Young Adults explores a little-studied event in US history that has relevance to cultural discussions today.
Educational Themes:

The pictures and text do an exceptional job not just of telling the history of how Japanese Americans were treated, but through personal stories. The material creates opportunities to talk about prejudice, ethnic pride, and discriminatory actions that are relevant to teens today.

Reading Level:
9.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a must-read that opens discussion (and potentially dialogue) using history as a context for topics relevant to today's kids.

Title Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II
Author Martin W. Sandler
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens © 2013
ISBN 9780802722775
Material Hard Cover
Cost $24.95
Genres History - US, History, War, Asia | Asian People
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