Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Manami loves her life on an island with her family, her dog, and her grandfather. She loves the ocean breezes. Then, Pearl Harbor is attacked and Japanese Americans are relocated. Manami and her family are moved to Manzanar. On the way, Manami's puppy is taken away. Manami is devastated and becomes mute. The family struggles to adjust to a new way of life in a desert area. Manami wishes for her dog to return, she wishes to be back at the ocean, she wishes for things to be the way they were. Her brother soon joins then at Manzanar and that brings joy but also new struggles.
This was a great book about the relocation of Japanese Americans. It is relatively simple and good for younger readers just being introduced to the topic. Hopefully it will lead to further reading on the topic.