Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II
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.
JLG Release: Jun 2019
Awards & Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
The 2020 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award Winner
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, School Library Journal*
9 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Level 7.2; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 9.2; Points: 11;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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,