Margaret Ferguson Books Enemy Child
Margaret Ferguson Books Enemy Child

Enemy Child

By Andrea Warren

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Publication Date: December 28, 2021

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Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up

It’s 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm’s world is turned upside down.

Corecipient of The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award

A Horn Book Best Book of the Year

One by one, things that he and his Japanese American family took for granted are taken away. In a matter of months they, along with everyone else of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, are forced by the government to move to internment camps, leaving everything they have known behind.

At the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming, Norm and his family live in one room in a tar paper barracks with no running water. There are lines for the communal bathroom, lines for the mess hall, and they live behind barbed wire and under the scrutiny of armed guards in watchtowers.

Meticulously researched and informed by extensive interviews with Mineta himself, Enemy Child sheds light on a little-known subject of American history. Andrea Warren covers the history of early Asian immigration to the United States and provides historical context on the U.S. government’s decision to imprison Japanese Americans alongside a deeply personal account of the sobering effects of that policy.

Warren takes readers from sunny California to an isolated wartime prison camp and finally to the halls of Congress to tell the true story of a boy who rose from “enemy child” to a distinguished American statesman. Mineta was the first Asian mayor of a major city (San Jose) and was elected ten times to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked tirelessly to pass legislation, including the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. He also served as Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation. He has had requests by other authors to write his biography, but this is the first time he has said yes because he wanted young readers to know the story of America’s internment camps.

Enemy Child includes more than ninety photos, many provided by Norm himself, chronicling his family history and his life. Extensive backmatter includes an Afterword, bibliography, research notes, and multimedia recommendations for further information on this important topic.

A California Reading Association Eureka! Nonfiction Gold Award Winner

Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award’s Children’s Reading Round Table Award for Children’s Nonfiction A Capitol Choices Noteworthy Title

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit

About the Author

Andrea Warren is a writer and journalist who has written many award-winning nonfiction books for children, including Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book; and Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy. Ms. Warren lives in Kansas.

Author Residence: Kansas

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 224 pages

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Publication Date: December 28, 2021

ISBN: 9780823450022

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