Torn Apart

Torn Apart

The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi

Book - 2012
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The harsh conditions of an internment camp become a reality for a young Japanese-Canadian girl.

It is 1941 and Mary Kobayashi, a Canadian-born Japanese girl enjoys her life in Vancouver. She likes school, she likes her friends, and she yearns above all else to own a bicycle. Although WWII is raging elsewhere in the world, it hasn't really impacted her life in B.C.

Then on December 7, 1941, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. . . and everything changes.

Suddenly a war of suspicion and prejudice is waged on the home front and Japanese-Canadians are completely stripped of their rights, their jobs and their homes. Mary is terrified when her family is torn apart and sent to various work camps, while she and her two sisters are sent, alone, to a primitive camp in B.C.'s interior. Here Mary spends the duration of the war, scared and uncertain of how it will all end.

In Torn Apart , author Susan Aihoshi draws from the experiences of her own family during "The Uprooting" of the Japanese in B.C. during WWII. Through young Mary's eyes, readers experience this regrettable time in Canadian history firsthand.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780439946605
Characteristics: 209 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.

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Meabh
Oct 13, 2013

Its really good but its sad how badly the japanese were treated.

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SAMANTHALEI
May 20, 2013

I don really like this book. it is not my type.

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booklove1
Jul 02, 2012

Really great there are some japanese words and there's a glossery at the back

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alaina123
Jul 02, 2012

Really good book but it's sad how Canada treated the japanese.

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TrueCanadianGirl
Jun 22, 2015

TrueCanadianGirl thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Meabh
Oct 13, 2013

Meabh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

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booklove1
Jul 02, 2012

booklove1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 13

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TrueCanadianGirl
Jun 21, 2015

''We've heard some awful things happening to Jewish people in Germany because of the Nazis. That sounded so far away until now. I keep telling myself at least we live in Canada and those things can't possibly happen to us.''

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