Child Prisoner in American Concentration Camps

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by Mako Nakagawa

When Mako Takahashi was five years old, her family was swept up in the turmoil and devastation of World War II. The FBI arrested Mako’s father and two months later Mako, her mother, and three sisters were forced from their Seattle home and imprisoned in U.S. concentration camps for people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. In her memoir, Mako recalls with a child’s innocence stories from her four years in the concentration camps along with the insights she gained as an adult looking back on this grave injustice. Her memoir is illustrated with original, 4-color artwork by Mits Katayama. Includes 24 illustrations and 21 photographs. -- Mako Nakagawa