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During World War II, 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family are forced into the Manzanar internment camp for Japanese Americans. While there, an elderly internee is attacked, and one of the camp's guards is charged with the crime. Tommy sets out to solve the crime and discovers some unlikely suspects. During World War II, 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family are forced into the Manzanar internment camp for Japanese Americans. While there, an elderly internee is attacked, and one of the camp's guards is charged with the crime. Tommy sets out to solve the crime and discovers some unlikely suspects.


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During World War II, 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family are forced into the Manzanar internment camp for Japanese Americans. While there, an elderly internee is attacked, and one of the camp's guards is charged with the crime. Tommy sets out to solve the crime and discovers some unlikely suspects. During World War II, 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family are forced into the Manzanar internment camp for Japanese Americans. While there, an elderly internee is attacked, and one of the camp's guards is charged with the crime. Tommy sets out to solve the crime and discovers some unlikely suspects.

38 review for Mystery at Manzanar: A WWII Internment Camp Story (Graphic Flash Graphic Novels)

  1. 5 out of 5

    J-Lynn Van Pelt

    This book is part of Stone Arch Books' high interest/low reading level, historical fiction series. It is told half in graphic novel form and half in prose. While the setting is in the Manzanar Internment Camp where Japanese Americans were relocated during WWII, most of the story focuses on a boy who loves Sherlock Holmes and wants to help solve a mystery. In fact, the boy tries to save the job of one of the white guards who has been falsely accused. There are some historical facts, but additiona This book is part of Stone Arch Books' high interest/low reading level, historical fiction series. It is told half in graphic novel form and half in prose. While the setting is in the Manzanar Internment Camp where Japanese Americans were relocated during WWII, most of the story focuses on a boy who loves Sherlock Holmes and wants to help solve a mystery. In fact, the boy tries to save the job of one of the white guards who has been falsely accused. There are some historical facts, but additional resources would have to be used in order to discuss the internment. An excellent book for reluctant older readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This book is a combination of text and comic book style illustrations and the use of this combination works very, very well. There is also some factual information about Manzanar and a link to a place on line where young readers can find out more information. The book is labeled historical fiction and is for younger readers although, as I find so often, the books made for younger readers are just as good (and less boring) than most made for adults. In this case the story involves Tommy Yamamoto a This book is a combination of text and comic book style illustrations and the use of this combination works very, very well. There is also some factual information about Manzanar and a link to a place on line where young readers can find out more information. The book is labeled historical fiction and is for younger readers although, as I find so often, the books made for younger readers are just as good (and less boring) than most made for adults. In this case the story involves Tommy Yamamoto as the main character. He is a Nisei, meaning he was born in the U.S. His parents, being Issei (immigrants from Japan) are not allowed to become American citizens (at that time). Once Pearl Harbor is bombed their father is taken away and locked up without charges or trial (as really happened), and the rest of the family is ordered to move out of their home. They are relocated to the Santa Anita Race Track and then they end up in the Manzanar internment camp. That's where the main part of the story gets underway. It's also where the book becomes something that people who know nothing about the internment camps would be confused by and that is the term inu and the politics of those who were in the camp. Some of the Japanese American people in the camps absolutely hated the people running the camps and anyone who seemed to work for them or get along with them were considered traitors to the cause. One of the prisoners/inmates/interned is an old guy that carves figures from wood. One night he's knocked out and Tommy finds him. A nasty guard accuses Tommy of being the one to attack the guy but Tommy is given time to try to find the real attacker. Since Tommy is a major fan of Sherlock Holmes, he applies an organized approach to the attack in attempting to find the real attacker and to clear his name. It's a very good story, packing a lot of what was reality in a small book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Mystery of Manzanar A WWII Internment Camp Story is a perfect (boy) book for beginning readers. This book falls into the category of historical fiction and is a blend of text with illustrations and graphic novel . (Flash Novel) 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family find themselves in a Japanese internment camp due to WWII and Pearl Harbor. Tommy find adventure in the camp trying to solve a crime within the camp. The back of the book contains a glossary, internet sites and more information ab Mystery of Manzanar A WWII Internment Camp Story is a perfect (boy) book for beginning readers. This book falls into the category of historical fiction and is a blend of text with illustrations and graphic novel . (Flash Novel) 15-year-old Tommy Yamamoto and his family find themselves in a Japanese internment camp due to WWII and Pearl Harbor. Tommy find adventure in the camp trying to solve a crime within the camp. The back of the book contains a glossary, internet sites and more information about internment camps.

  4. 5 out of 5

    trisha

    another fine example of something small and mighty. it did an interesting job of life in the "camp" and the unique interpersonal situations that could arise. loved it. another fine example of something small and mighty. it did an interesting job of life in the "camp" and the unique interpersonal situations that could arise. loved it.

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