Cassie's War

Author: Winkler, Allan M.

Subjects: American History; World War II; Japanese-Americans; Multicultural Friendship

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 1064

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 1064S

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“...an excellent book.” – Ohioana Library Association

It is just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941. Like so many others, Cassie’s family has left a home and lifestyle hampered by economic depression and moved to California to find work in the defense plants and to live in a housing project. It is a long way from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

School is on double session, with forty children in each section of the fifth grade. There, Cassie and Miko, a Japanese-American, have found each other and become best friends. Miko’s family owns and lives on a farm, but being Japanese carries problems for them that Cassie at first cannot understand. Seeing the war as the key to his dreams, hating the Japanese, and bigoted toward Italian, Spanish, and Jewish people, Cassie’s father undermines their father-daughter relationship by ordering her to end her friendship with Miko. He also forbids Cassie’s mother to work, even though she is lonely, homesick, and suffering from boredom.

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Cassie’s life changes. Her father is drafted, goes off to war, and is killed; her mother goes to work; and Miko’s family is sent to an internment camp in Utah. Cassie assumes more home responsibilities and learns about rationing, coupon books, and the black market. She builds a new friendship with Maria, a quiet, sensitive, Spanish classmate. Through Miko’s letters, she glimpses life in the internment camp. 

At the war’s end, Miko returns to a strained reunion with Cassie. Understanding Cassie, their friendship, and Cassie’s guilty feelings about distancing Miko, Maria sparks the rekindling of Cassie’s and Miko’s friendship. Although things have changed, they have somehow stayed the same. Now there will be a friendship of three.

Allan M. Winkler is a published historian and a resident of Ohio.

“...an excellent book.” – Ohioana Library Association

It is just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941. Like so many others, Cassie’s family has left a home and lifestyle hampered by economic depression and moved to California to find work in the defense plants and to live in a housing project. It is a long way from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

School is on double session, with forty children in each section of the fifth grade. There, Cassie and Miko, a Japanese-American, have found each other and become best friends. Miko’s family owns and lives on a farm, but being Japanese carries problems for them that Cassie at first cannot understand. Seeing the war as the key to his dreams, hating the Japanese, and bigoted toward Italian, Spanish, and Jewish people, Cassie’s father undermines their father-daughter relationship by ordering her to end her friendship with Miko. He also forbids Cassie’s mother to work, even though she is lonely, homesick, and suffering from boredom.

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Cassie’s life changes. Her father is drafted, goes off to war, and is killed; her mother goes to work; and Miko’s family is sent to an internment camp in Utah. Cassie assumes more home responsibilities and learns about rationing, coupon books, and the black market. She builds a new friendship with Maria, a quiet, sensitive, Spanish classmate. Through Miko’s letters, she glimpses life in the internment camp.  

At the war’s end, Miko returns to a strained reunion with Cassie. Understanding Cassie, their friendship, and Cassie’s guilty feelings about distancing Miko, Maria sparks the rekindling of Cassie’s and Miko’s friendship. Although things have changed, they have somehow stayed the same. Now there will be a friendship of three.

Allan M. Winkler is a published historian and a resident of Ohio.

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