Farewell to Manzanar [SCM]

by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston Author, James D. Houston Author

The powerful true story of life inside a Japanese American internment camp for Jeanne's family, as they move from a thriving fishing business in California to a dusty settlement behind barbed wire. Jeanne describes adjusting to life in cramped barracks, her father's struggle in the midst of the indignities of forced detention, and finding a sense of normalcy in activities like glee club and baton-twirling. (Parental Advisory: Scattered within this well-written memoir are just a few instances of strong language. Parents may also want to be aware that Jeanne recounts her fascination with stories of saints who were martyred, especially Saint Agatha. She insinuates that two young leaders arranged an overnight camping trip so they could spend the night together, mentions learning that Asian females fascinate Caucasian men, and explains that she believes in spirits and ghosts when she revisits the internment site as an adult.)

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
10th - 12th
Geographical Setting
Historical Setting
1941 - 1945
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


  • 1 What Is Pearl Harbor?
  • 2 Shikata Ga Nai
  • 3 A Different Kind of Sand
  • 4 A Common Master Plan
  • 5 Almost a Family
  • 6 Whatever He Did Had Flourish
  • 7 Fort Lincoln: An Interview
  • 8 Inu
  • 9 The Mess Hall Bells
  • 10 The Reservoir Shack: An Aside
  • 11 Yes Yes No No
  • 12 Manzanar, U.S.A.
  • 13 Outings, Explorations
  • 14 In the Firebreak
  • 15 Departures
  • 16 Free to Go
  • 17 It's All Starting Over
  • 18 Ka-ke, Near Hiroshima: April 1946
  • 19 Re-entry
  • 20 A Double Impulse
  • 21 The Girl of My Dreams
  • 22 Ten Thousand Voices

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