A Boy No More (book)
Creators: Harry Mazer
A 2004 young adult novel by Harry Mazer about Adam Pelko, who is torn between grieving his father, who died on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 , and his feelings of loyalty towards his Japanese American best friend, Devi, whose own father has been arrested and taken to the War Relocation Authority camp in Manzanar, California. When Devi asks Adam to help him find his father, Adam is faced with a moral conflict: should he risk both his own safety and his friendship in order to do what is right? He is also still deeply affected by the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the urge to scapegoat the Japanese Americans, despite his urge to help and defend his friend.
A Boy No More is a sequel to Mazer's book A Boy at War (2002), in which young Adam witnesses the sinking of the USS Arizona and the loss of a parent, which sends him in search for answers about war, loyalty, and his father.
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Scholastic Books lesson plan: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/boy-no-more-discussion-guide/