Thin Wood Walls, by David Patneude, is not a fun read. It’s not a easy read.
But it’s a necessary read.
In simple, but poetic prose, the author uses haiku and marbles to reveal the emotions of a boy caught the in the trap of unjust internment.
Our nation, under the cover of nationalism, rounded up American citizens of Japanese heritage, forced them to leave their homes, jobs, and communities, and imprisoned them in concentration camps during WWII.
The majority of these citizens were patriots, stripped of their Constitutional rights by the decree of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This embarrassing episode in our nation’s history should never be forgotten.
In order to guarantee that this injustice is never visited upon American citizens again, books like Thin Wood Walls must be read by students.