Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

A Boy No More

A Boy No More

Harry Mazer
Historical Fiction  Series
For ages 9 to 12
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006   ISBN: 978-1416914044

Adam is sure of very little these days. One thing that he is sure of is that he will go to war as soon as he possibly can. In the meantime, he and his mother and little sister have to adjust to their new life. Adam's father died on the USS Arizona when she was bombed by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor, and now the family is living in California. Everything is different.

When Adam gets a letter from his Hawaiian friend Davi Mori, Adam's situation is made even more complicated. Davi asks Adam to try to find his father. Born in Japan, Davi's father was taken into custody by the American government and relocated to an internment camp in California somewhere. Though his mother is apposed to Adam getting involved, Adam feels that he cannot let Davi down and that he has to find Mr. Mori.

In the continuing story of Adam Pelko, the author highlights the misery suffered by thousands of Japanese Americans who not only lost their livelihoods and homes, but who also spent years locked up in camps located in inhospitable parts of the United States. Adam's own stumbling struggle with the loss of his father, and the feeling that he has to stand up for what he thinks is right, is touching and thought provoking to witness.