The Moved-Outers Author:Florence Crannell Means Sue (Sumiko) Ohara is bright and popular, enjoying her uncomplicated high school life along with countless other California teenagers during the fall of 1941. All this changes on the eve of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Overnight, she and her family and other Jampanese Americans become targets for the nations's racial anxieties and misguided patr... more »iotism. The Ohara family is uprooted and moved into detainment camps, where they live under demoralizing conditions for the duration of the war. The Moved Outers is the story of their struggle to retain their dignity and their identity as Americans while they make the best of their new surroundings.
This 1946 Newbury Honor Book was the first children's book to focus on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Florence Crannell Means captures the conflicts of the situation effortlessly, and crafts a remarkable coming-of-age story as well. Ms. Means was born in Baldwinsville, New York, in 1891. She wrote over 40 books for children, and is noted as one of the first authors to write about minority groups. She lived in Boulder, Colorado, until her death in 1980.« less