This is an excellent account of the atrocious treatment afforded Japanese residents of the US following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II. Siting Japanese living near coastal waters as possible threats to national security, the government relocated them to spots further inland. The Japanese, many of whom were citizens, lost property, possessions, friends, and neighbors, and were forced into internment camps with deplorable conditions. Twelve year old Tomi Itano's family was forced to move to Tallgrass, Colorado. Her father had been arrested as a potential spy and had been sent to a prison camp elsewhere. Camp life wrought changes in the individuals and families. Despite unjust prejudice and unfair treatment, the Itano family proves that they are indeed Americans.
There is an excellent note from the author and citing of the 442nd - the Japanese-American unit - as the most decorated of any throughout history.
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Award 2016-17