No Quiet Water
No Quiet Water

After the U.S. declares war on Japan, persons of Japanese descent come under suspicion. Ten-year-old Fumio along with his parents and three-year-old sister, are forced to leave behind their home, their farm, and the family dog, Flyer, as they are transported under military escort to an internment camp. 

Within the harsh conditions of the camps, Fumio learns what it means to endure while discovering a new world of possibility and belonging. Kamada’s novel is one of cultural and familial perseverance, foregrounded by Fumio’s coming of age.

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up

No Quiet Water by Shirley Miller Kamada tells the tale of Fumio Miyota who lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his mother, father, and little sister, Kimiko. The story takes place after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. As Japanese Americans, they are struggling with those who detest their differences and are suspicious of their intentions in America. When Fumio begins to hear whispers of war terrorizing the Japanese people because of the bombing, he realizes that his tranquil town may not be as peaceful as he thought.

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