Come again? Her homeroom nominates her queen of the school's annual spring carnival, and for the election assembly she leaves her hair loose and wears an exotic sarong.
Woody is drafted and, despite his father's protests, leaves in November to join the all-Nisei nd Combat Regiment. In other words, you've got a book full of family dramas and coming-of-age issues including body image stuff and, of course, boysbut you've also got a book that shows how complex and contradictory camp life could be for Japanese-American internees.
What helps too is how surprising Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's account is. Soon after, the government requires a loyalty oath to distinguish loyal Japanese from potential enemies.
He meets Toyo, his father's aunt, and finally understands his father's pride. Nothing's simple for our main character, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston yes—she's one of the authors.
A book about forced internment can't help but contain a few tearjerkers along the way. Compared to the horrible stories of human atrocities heard from other parts of the world, Jeanne's trials are comparatively not so bad although she does attempt to explain why they affected other members of her family more by assaulting her father's honor and her mother's dignity and the social institution of family.
By the end ofthe number of people at Manzanar dwindles; men are drafted, and families take advantage of the government's new policy of relocating families away from the west coast.