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Posted April 19, 2008
Journey to Topaz is an easy read and quite engaging. The story follows the lives of a Japanese American family as it is forced to move out of their home and into an internment camp. The author did a wonderful job portraying war and all its unfairness through the eyes of the main character, Yuki, an 11-year-old girl. The story shows how all the Japanese in America are seen as enemies to the United States because they share the same race as the attackers, although clearly having no other association with them. In the prologue Uchida states that ¿although the characters are fictitious, the events are based on actual fact, and much that happened to the Sakane family also happened to my own.¿ This information not only adds another dimension to the story but also ensures that the diversity issues within this story are accurate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2008
A beautiful book revealing a troubling time.
Journey to Topaz is a book written in a simple style, yet it is filled with depth if the reader wishes to delve into its meaning. Written from the perspective of Yuki, the darker truths of the Japanese-American internment are hidden behind the innocence of youth, yet as the story progresses the reader cannot help but see the terrible suffering the government spews forth. The book offers an interesting counterpoint to the mythologized perfection of the so-called Greatest Generation. Roosevelt is shown to be less than perfect, as his orders facilitate the creation of the camps within which the Japanese-Americans are forced to live. The actions of the people in power mirror those taken by the Bush administration following the attacks of 9/11. Then, like now, the government over reacted to a perceived threat and took actions that eventually are viewed as a source of shame and regret. The plight of the Japanese Americans is well represented since the author herself was interned at Tanforan and Topaz for three years during the war. The first hand experiences of the author lend credibility to her story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2000
You have to read this book!
Journey to Topaz This book is a great book because it is very descriptive, exciting, and has suspense. I give it four out of five stars. Yuki is a Japanese girl that gets worried a lot. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor the U.S took Japanese Americans that worked for the Japanese government and sent them to the South. Then one-day Yuki¿s father was raking the yard and the FBI came to their house. Then they took Yuki¿s father and sent him South. The family got worried that their father was getting tortured. The father sent them a letter telling the family that he was all right but he was going to the East. Then the U.S said that all Japanese Americans have to go to a camp. Someone came to Yuki¿s house and told them they had 3 days to pack. They had to take what they could carry. In the camp it was very boring. Yuki had nothing to do and she was starving. The mother brought some tea and that is what they had for dinner. A year later the family got to go¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.. Read the book to find out the rest. P.S. I recommend it to teenagers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.