Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old inwhen her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp with , other Japanese Americans Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except thenation shit Don t Fence Me In Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese American family s attempt to survive the indignities of forced detentionand of a native born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States From the Paperback edition