THE LUCKY BASEBALL: MY STORY IN A JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMP by Suzanne Lieurance
Harry Yakamoto is a California kid in 1941. He spends his days, when not in school, helping in his family’s restaurant which is located below their home. When he plays it is usually baseball. He’s a happy go-lucky, typical American kid – until the US joins World War Two after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Harry’s life changes dramatically.
Harry and his family, with only what they can carry, are sent to “camps” out in the dessert, away from everything and everyone, except other Japanese-Americans. Their new home is a one room box with a dusty floor and no privacy. He lives here with his parents and grandparents. Surrounding the internment camp are guards meant to keep them in not to keep others out. It all feels like a prison with occupants’ only crime being of Japanese decent.
Harry’s family soon gets busy. His father takes over the dining room and kitchen. Harry forms a baseball team and then a league to play against other interned kids. Soon a guard helps with equipment and the games become a focal point of the week. Harry and his family learn to make the best of a bad situation. When they return home they will need to do that one more time.
This is a fascinating story showcasing the internment camps of World War Two. Harry and his family instantly come to life and it is easy to feel the injustice of their situation. This is a fun read and kids will learn about a part of US history that is not talked about much anymore. Another very good tale of historical fiction by author Suzanne Lieurance.
Note: received book from author