I read Farewell to Manzanar when I was a tween (although that term was not used then...we were just kids). Anyway, I remember it being interesting and an enjoyable read. It came to mind again recently and I thought Lollipop Pop would enjoy it, so I checked it out of the library and re-read it in a day. It was written in 1973 by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and her husband, James. It is set during Jeanne's childhood beginning when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She is a 7 year old Japanese American child living with her family in Long Beach, California when our government opened internment camps in the Western U.S. to house some 10,000 Japanese Americans. Mrs. Houston took me on a journey of the struggles and triumphs of normal growing up in an abnormal setting. The journey moved me differently as an adult than it did as a child. This is a part of history that if not for this book, I would know nothing about. My kids have not learned this in their history books thus far and I think it is very important to learn all of American History...not just the pretty parts.