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Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II



by
Andrea Warren

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823441518

Awards and Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
The 2020 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award Winner
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Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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It’s 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm’s world is turned upside down as, one by one, things that he and his Japanese American family took for granted are taken away. In a matter of months, they, along with everyone else of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, are forced by the government to move to internment camps, leaving everything they have known behind.

Further information about Japanese American internment and Norman Mineta. Multimedia recommendations. Author’s note on her research process. Bibliography. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

940.53/1773092 B

AR

7.2: points 6

Lexile

1030L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

11

JLG Release

Jun 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Norman Mineta (1931– ). World War II (1939–1945). Japanese internment. Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans. Heart Mountain Internment Camp, Wyoming. Japanese American legislators. US politicians.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from Saigon, rev. 9/04) gives readers both a micro and a macro view of Japanese American internment during the Second World War. Norman Mineta—a former ten-term U.S. Congressman from Califorinia as well as a secretary of transportation and of commerce—is the heart of the book, sharing his childhood experiences at Heart Mountain Internment Camp. Mineta’s memories include those of the cramped and substandard living conditions and presence of armed guards as well as Boy Scout activities and baseball games. Throughout the narrative, Warren smoothly moves from her subject’s personal experiences to incorporate the larger picture of the 120,000 people of Japanese descent interred in various camps across the U.S., making it clear that the Minetas had advantages that others did not, including financial (the ability to purchase coats to ward off the subzero Wyoming tempera¬tures) and political (Norman’s father was not jailed and separated from his family, as were many community leaders). With so many individual stories, only one absolute emerges from this historical period: a large segment of our population, whether U.S. citizens or first-generation Japanese people deprived of citizenship, were denied their constitutional and civil rights. Warren leaves much to ponder about our nation’s past and present, about “this beautiful tapestry that is Amer¬ica.” Appended with additional information, notes about the research, a bibliogra¬phy, an index, and recommended sources for further inquiry.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from Saigon, rev. 9/04) gives readers both a micro and a macro view of Japanese American internment during the Second World War. Norman Mineta—a former ten-term U.S. Congressman from Califorinia as well as a secretary of transportation and of commerce—is the heart of the book, sharing his childhood experiences at Heart Mountain Internment Camp. Mineta’s memories include those of the cramped and substandard living conditions and presence of armed guards as well as Boy Scout activities and baseball games. Throughout the narrative, Warren smoothly moves from her subject’s personal experiences to incorporate the larger picture of the 120,000 people of Japanese descent interred in various camps across the U.S., making it clear that the Minetas had advantages that others did not, including financial (the ability to purchase coats to ward off the subzero Wyoming tempera¬tures) and political (Norman’s father was not jailed and separated from his family, as were many community leaders). With so many individual stories, only one absolute emerges from this historical period: a large segment of our population, whether U.S. citizens or first-generation Japanese people deprived of citizenship, were denied their constitutional and civil rights. Warren leaves much to ponder about our nation’s past and present, about “this beautiful tapestry that is Amer¬ica.” Appended with additional information, notes about the research, a bibliogra¬phy, an index, and recommended sources for further inquiry.

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