Journey to Topaz

Journey to Topaz

A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation

by Yoshiko Uchida, Donald Carrick (Illustrator)
Publisher: Heyday Books
Trade Paperback, 149 pages
List Price: $12.00 Sale Price: $10.20

Like any eleven-year-old, Yuki Sakane is looking forward to Christmas when her peaceful world is suddenly shattered by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her father is taken by the FBI; and she, her mother and older brother, Ken, are uprooted from their home and shipped with thousands of West Coast Japanese Americans to the horse stalls of Tanforan Racetrack and then to the bleak desert concentration camp called Topaz.

There Yuki and her new friends, Emi and her grandparents, face terrifying duststorms, new hardships and finally a terrible tragedy that rocks the entire camp. Disillusioned, Ken must make a heart-wrenching decision, and Yuki faces another painful separation from her best friend as well as her brother.

Includes a prologue by the author.

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