"A Boy No More" by Harry Mazer

Essay by iwin2000Junior High, 8th gradeA+, October 2006

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I enjoyed reading the historical fiction book "A Boy No More" to an extent. This book was about the life for a Japanese American in America in World War II. The life of a 'Jap' in America was not very pleasant. Americans were prejudice against the Japanese. They thought all Japanese Americans were spies and criminals that were spying for the Japanese army, and they wanted to kill them. It was not a pleasant experience for me. Even though it was an excellent historically fictional story of a 15 year-old Japanese American who had to travel to deliver a letter to a friend's grandpa in an internment camp, it was very sad that the Japanese were being discriminated against, and it was not fair at all for them.

Adam Pelko is the main character in the story. Other characters are Adam's Mom and young sister Bea, Davi Mori, his best friend, Nancy, Adam's soon-to-be girlfriend, Babe, a school bully who ends up being Adam's friend, and Jerry.

These characters are realistic. They could have been people in real-life. The characters do not have supernatural powers or anything of the sort, they are just plain humans in the United States in World War II. My favorite character would have to be the main character, Adam Pelko. He is my favorite because he is a brave, young teenager that almost dies to do something for a friend. He risked traveling to Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp. Adam is also very polite, but sometimes he does not respect his mother because he thinks she will not let him get out of the house because he is too irresponsible and she is scared that because he is part Japanese, the police may catch him and put him in a camp...