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Understated but powerful and particularly resonant today, When the Emperor Was Divine is a heartbreaking first novel, the story of a Japanese-American family all but destroyed by American prejudice and policies during World War II. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume…

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Hiroshima chronicles the lives of six Japanese civilians who survive the atomic bomb blast that destroyed the city and helped end WWII. It includes a new fifth chapter, written forty years later, which chronicles other countries' atomic weapon development and delves further into the fates of the six…

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…Tayo, a young man of mixed heritage (both white and Native-American), inhabits. The main thrust of the book deals with Tayo as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II and how that experience affected his life. Ceremony also covers how captivity almost eroded his will to live, his youth, and…

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…about camps in the United States? Seven-year-old Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family are held in the Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other Japanese Americans—following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Thirty years later, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-person account that reveals…

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…of the darkest moments in American history. In 1942, five-year-old George and his family are rounded up without warning and imprisoned within a Japanese American internment camp thousands of miles from home. Students will be captivated by the book’s graphic novel format and the story’s…

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This autobiographical story tells of ten-year-old Sookan and her family's suffering and humiliation in Korea, first under Japanese rule and after the Russians invade, and of a harrowing escape to South Korea. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts. You'll always save at…

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One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance offers a vast tapestry of court life, rich in poetry and subtle social, psychological observations. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts. You'll always save…

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Guterson’s tale of love, betrayal, racism, and war is taking its place in the new canon. Magnificent prose and vibrant characters make this a novel your students will truly appreciate and respond to. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts. You'll always save at…

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Farewell to Manzanar, a memoir, details life in an internment camp for Japanese-American citizens during WWII. Whether you are a tenured expert, new to the profession, or somewhere in between, Prestwick House Teaching Units help you teach literature or plays with confidence. Each unit identifies…

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The term “concentration camp” often conjures images of far-away places like Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka, but what about camps in the United States? Seven-year-old Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family are held in the Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other…

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Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Tomikazu’s world is destroyed when Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. Tomi’s father and grandfather—both born in Japan—are arrested, and Tomi must help his mother and sister survive. It’s a terrifying time to be Japanese–American.…

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