Those Who Helped Us: Assisting Japanese Americans During the War

Mochizuki, K.
Eleven-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese American family are rounded up and face internment during World War II. Sumiko tells the story of their forced move from their home in Seattle to an interim camp in Puyallup to their final arrival at an internment camp in the desert of Idaho. Despite the difficulties they suffer, Sumiko recounts the many people who help them along the way and who provide great support when they finally can return home. This graphic novel simply but respectfully addresses issues of racism, ethics, systemic discrimination, lateral violence, and allyship. Suitable for high interest/low reading level literature circles and to support the Social Studies curriculum.
English Language Arts
  • 4-9