Author: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
Publisher: Ember, 1973, ISBN#978-0-307-97607
Lexile Measure: 1040L
Classification: Historical fiction
Farewell to Manzanar tells the story of Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven year old girl living with her fisherman father and family on the west coast of the United States during World War II. In 1942, she and her family were sent to live at the Manzanar internment camp. This book tells of Jeanne’s reaction, as well as the reactions of her family members, to their forced relocation and efforts to rebuild their lives after they were freed.
A couple of uses of “hell” as a curse.
Drug and Alcohol Use:
Jeanne’s father has a hard time coping with interment and turns to alcohol. On several occasions in the book, he becomes drunk and sometimes abusive to her mother and brother. See, for example, pp. 66-71, 97, 172.
Violence and Crime:
Some matter of fact descriptions of the domestic violence her family endured at her father’s hands See, for example, pp. 47, 66-71, 200-203.
As with Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, this book discusses the United States’s policy of internment of Japanese-Americans based solely on their race. It also discusses the racism they continued to experience after they left the camp.
On pp. 43-45, Jeanne discusses her family’s religion as well as those of her Christian and Jewish friends. She discusses her fascination with the Christian religion and her father’s refusal to allow her to convert.