Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp

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Heartbreaking and humorous, this book tells the story of a 12-year-old prisoner in one of Japanese internment camps of World War II.

Twelve-year-old Ben Uchida keeps a journal of his experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Mirror Lake, California, during World War II.

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Overview

Heartbreaking and humorous, this book tells the story of a 12-year-old prisoner in one of Japanese internment camps of World War II.

Twelve-year-old Ben Uchida keeps a journal of his experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Mirror Lake, California, during World War II.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439555302
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: My Name Is America
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Barry Denenberg is a critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and historical fiction. His historical fiction books include titles in the Dear America, My Name Is America, and Royal Diaries series, many of which have been named NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. His nonfiction books have covered a wide array of topics, from Anne Frank to Elvis Presley.

Barry Denenberg lives in Bedford, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    the book

    The book "The journal of Ben Ucald" I felt the book was a good addition to the series of "my name is America" books. I was impressed on how they progressed through the phases of being a Japanese citizen after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I liked the little comedy in the book some people think that it is not needed but I feel that it helped move the story along. It was very interesting to be in the position of a japanese citizen in a interment camp. Also how it felt to have your father taken away was described very well. the ending was a cliffhanger i think it was a make up your own ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    its so awesome

    this book was an awesome autobiography enjoyable for anyone interested in history of world war two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Love this book!

    I think the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor because the Americans treated the Asians poorly. If you read the end part, you'll see why!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Really great book!

    I love this book becasue we must remember that this book is based on true story. I would encourage all the students in the class to read it so that we will not repeat the same mistakes today and, act in prejudiced ways that hurt innocent people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Nice!

    This book was easy to read, and anyone could read this. It tells about WWII and is touching and sad. It almost made me cry! Anyway, it was very happy in the ending, and I loved that part!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    A Great Book!

    This book is a great book because it illustrates how people from other mations could survive living in other countries and it also tells you how you shouldn't give up in your life. You should always do you best in life. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    a great book

    the book 'Journal of Ben Uchida' was a good and sad book.I personally chose this book to read because i wanted to learn about how it felt like to be in a prison camp.I learned that it is very horrible and you get treated like dirt.I also chose this book because my parents where in a prison camp back in Laos,and now i know how they grew up and what they went threw to be where they are right now.The characters in this book was Ben Uchida, the Uchida family,and mr and mrs. tashima.The story took place in a prison camp called mirror lake.people who were japenese was sent to this prison camp.I really enjoyed reading this book and I think whoever reads this will also enjoy it too because its a book where u can never stop reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Another Great Diary

    This book is about a Japanese-American boy, named Ben Uchida, who lived in California in 1942, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Because people of Japanese origin were considered dangerous, Ben and his family, along with thousands of other Japanese-Americans, were sent to gaurded `Internment¿ camps. I really liked this diary. It was very interesting to here about everything that these Japanese-Americans went through, and what terrible things the American government did at that time. The Journal of Ben Uchida is from a series of historical fiction diaries called Dear America and My Name is America. They include many diaries of kids from the Great Depression, World War I and II, the Titanic, the time of slavery, and many others. I would recommend just about ever one of them, including this one, if you enjoy reading diaries of people who went through a lot in our American history, and survived the hard times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    This is a great book

    This book keeps the reader interested. Ben Uchida did a good job writing his journal. It is fun reading and learning about a prison camp.

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