Under One Flag: A Year at Rohwer
By Liz Parkhurst with Pam Strickland. Illustrated by Tom Clifton.
The landscape of the Arkansas Delta changed dramatically early in the course of World War II, when more than 8,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were forcibly detained in two hastily constructed prison camps. The chain of events surrounding this episode in the U.S. history is revealed through the friendship between Jeff, a local boy whose father is a camp administrator, and George, a Japanese American boy imprisoned in the camp.
This fictional story, based on actual events and circumstances, not only sheds light on American history, it has relevance in today's atmosphere of global unease and anxiety. The test of how we, as a government and as citizens, regard our fellow Americans in times of conflict resonates today, long after the barracks, barbed wire, and guard towers of Rohwer have disappeared.
Illustrator Tom Clifton captures the rhythms of life in the camp as well as the changing seasons of the Delta landscape during the passage of a year that will leave an indelible imprint on both boys and bind them in each other's memory.
Hardbound: 32 pp. Ages 9-12. Color illustrations.