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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp—with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation’s #1 hit: “Don’t Fence Me In.”

Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family’s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention … and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sabrina Tedpaogo | 2/18/2014

    " Whether it's redundant or not, people need to be aware of their history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven Fujita | 2/16/2014

    " The reason for the three stars is because it is mostly descriptive, and thus an excellent research book, when doing "empirical" research on the evacuation and internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II. However, I was expecting more emotions, and what the author was feeling emotionally, or I wanted the author to get into the minds of her parents and their thoughts. It is an important book, because it was one of, if not the first, book to talk about the internment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ilona | 2/11/2014

    " I'm reading this for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/9/2014

    " This book is a must read for all school kids; probably at middle school age. Story of a girl whose family were taken to the internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. What this country did breaks my heart and it is (sadly) not taught in schools. Why is it that we can't admit that we were cruel to the Japanese Americans -- or, for that matter, that we raped, pillaged & murdered thousands of Native Americans? I thought this book was very good, and it's written for middle school students. "

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