“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
A Boy No More by Harry Mazer. Simon & Schuster, c. 2006.
Reading Level: 530L
Synopsis: A Boy No More is the sequel to A Boy at War. Adam has had to accept the fact that although his father’s body was never found, he was killed in Pearl Harbor. Adam has taken over as “man of the house” and helps his mother and sister continue on. Adam is called for help when his Japanese friend David’s father is put in a Japanese Internment Camp. Adam joins David in his search for his father and Adam is confronted with some terrible truths about America’s reaction to Pearl Harbor.
Rationale for Use: An honest look at the Japanese Internment Camps. Strong friendships between characters.
Content Area Connections: World War II, Pearl Harbor, Japanese Internment Camps, Family, Loyalty, Patriotism
Possible Problems or Concerns: Some may be offended by critique of America’s choice to imprison the Japanese citizens.