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The following titles deal with themes, geographic setting or time periods similar to those in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. These books offer opportunities for children and young adults to experience Thousand Oaks Reads: One City, One Book.
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman; illustrated by Allen Say (jj Fiction)
"An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating. "The book is wonderfully thought-provoking in its portrayal of the subtle similarities and differences among cultures." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet (jj Fiction)
A family pays perhaps a final visit to grandfather's grave at Manzanar, where thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage were interned during World War II. Poignant text and evocative paintings make the story of their visit one that destined to linger in readers' hearts.
The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida (jj Fiction)
Emi, a Japanese American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship.
The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg (j Fiction); A Dear America book
Beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fictional diary of Ben Uchida captures the hysteria that spread through the West Coast as Japanese Americans suddenly found themselves the focus of anger and suspicion. Twelve-year-old Ben’s journal records his experiences as a prisoner in an internment camp.
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis by Kirby Larson (j Fiction); A Dear America book
Piper's father is the pastor for a Japanese Baptist church, and when its members are taken away to Minidoka, Idaho, to be interned, Pastor Davis moves his family from Seattle to Idaho to be with his congregation.
Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook by Beverly Patt; illustrated by Shula Klinger
Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II.
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (YA Fiction)
During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive were the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life. "An extraordinary episode in American history." -- Library Journal
The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep (YA Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920s.
Looking Like the Enemy : my story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald ; adapted by Maureen R. Michelson Recommended for teens in grades 7 - 12
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald recounts the experiences she and her family had after being evacuated to an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.