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by Yoshiko Uchida

illustrated by Donald Carrick


Based on Yoshiko Uchida’s personal experiences, this is the moving story of one girl’s struggle to remain brave during the Japanese internment of World War II. In a bleak and dusty prison camp, eleven-year-old Yuki and her family experience both true friendship and heart-wrenching tragedy.¬†Journey to Topaz¬†explores the consequences of prejudice and the capacities of the human spirit. First published in 1971, this book is now a much loved and widely read classic.


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Ages 9-12, Discrimination, Historical Fiction, Japanese-American, World War II