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Four-Four-Two

Title

Four-Four-Two

Authors

Dean Hughes

Publisher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781481462532

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

From the author of Soldier Boys and Search and Destroy comes a thought-provoking, action-packed story based on the little-known history of the Japanese Americans who fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Yuki Nakahara is an American. But it's the start of World War II, and America doesn't see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans, Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn't willing to sit back and accept this injustice-it's his country too, and he's going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies. When Yuki and his friend Shig ship out, they aren't prepared for the experiences they'll encounter as members of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated regiment made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers. Before Yuki returns home-if he returns home-he'll come face to face with persistent prejudices, grueling combat he never imagined, and friendships deeper than he knew possible.

Grade Level

6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Military families; Incarceration; Race discrimination; son in military; father in prison; racism; racial prejudice

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese American

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

World War II; soldiers; internment camps; combat; war; army; friendship

Diversity Impact

direct

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