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The Japanese, Japanese-American, and American Perspectives

Titles in this list feature a range of homefront perspectives on World War II. Learn about the internment of Japanese-American citizens, the impact of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on residents, and how families worried about relatives in Europe and coped with the absence of so many men, who were off fighting the war. 

Journey Home

Journey Home

Yoshiko Uchida
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
1978

The Quilt

Gary Paulsen
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2004

Dear Miss Breed

Joanne Oppenheim
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2006
Weedflower

Weedflower

Cynthia Kadohata
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2009
Farewell to Manzanar

Farewell to Manzanar

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston , James D. Houston
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2002
Beyond Paradise

Beyond Paradise

Jane Hertenstein
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
1999
Hiroshima

Hiroshima

John Hersey
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
1989
Shadows on the Sea

Shadows on the Sea

Joan Hiatt Harlow
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2005
lilys crossing

Lily’s Crossing

Patricia Reilly Giff
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
1997
Japanese American husband and wife holding portrait of family member and WWII American soldier

Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans and World War II

Michael Cooper
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2000
House of the Red Fish

House of the Red Fish

Graham Salisbury
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2008
aleutian-sparrow

Aleutian Sparrow

Karen Hesse
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2005
Genre:
Nonfiction