Monday, April 23, 2007

Cheaney. J. B. My friend the enemy

Cheaney, J. B. My friend the enemy.Knopf, 2005 [0-375-91432-3]
It is World War II and Hazel sees many people off to join the army in her lovely Oregon. All the local Japanese Americans have been sent off to internment camps. Their neighbors are quiet and loners. One day Hazel finds out they are hiding a Japanese American as a housekeeper and she is scared. But slowly she befriends him all the while being worried what will happen if he is discovered. One day when they are exploring the nearby mountains and they find weather balloon bomb that had not been exploded. When Hazel reports it, authorities come around .... will they discover Sogoji? This 266 page book discusses the American detainment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II and the anger American had towards all Japanese people at the time.


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