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Citizen 13660 is a story about the Japanese internment camps and life within them. It is nice to finally read some literature from this event in history. The internment camps were not established until after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. I did not know that we erected interment camps to place Japanese people in during the war. When they said internment camps, I couldn’t help but think about the Holocaust. Fortunately, it wasn’t anywhere near as horrific as a concentration camp. The author uses single panel drawing with captions to tell the story and the style of drawings were very desireable to my eye. Another thing I liked about this book, it really showed the strength of the human spirit in dark times. This book is a great novel that could be read in the high school classroom and it is also a great piece of free read material as well.
I purchased this book to supplement my 8th grade language arts curriculum which looks at the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. I have since requested a class set of this title as it is the most useful and engaging text I've seen on the topic. The drawings really add to the interest factor for 14 year olds.
The book is very well written and gives a true image of what life was like in the camp. The illustrations further enhanced the story . Would be a great book for student history reading as many do not even know that it exisited.