Thin Wood Walls
BY: Peyton McKenrick
JOE HANADA - Joe is 11 years old and living with his family in White River Valley near Seattle.
MIKE HANADA - Joe’s 17 year old brother is desperate to prove his loyalty to his government by enlisting in the Army. He is forced to become the head of the family after his father is taken away by the FBI after Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor.
TOMIO HANADA - Mr. Hanada, a well-respected member of the Japanese-American community, is taken away by the FBI at night almost immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
MICHI HANADA - Mrs. Hanada attempts with courage and grace to make their one room shack with “thin wood walls” a home for Joe, Mike, and Grandmother
GRANDMOTHER - Joe grandmother is a fiercely proud woman who refuses to let her adopted country tell her she is the enemy.
SANDY FARROW Sandy first meets the Hanada family on the train to the War Relocation Camp at Tule Lake.
MAE MIZUNO - A former classmate of Joe’s, for whom he writes a gentle haiku. She is a whiz at marbles and even manages to win a few from Joe.
Internment Camp- Where the Hanadas were sent because they were Japanese.