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BOOK CLUB KIT: Samira Ahmed's Internment

Updated: Jun 19


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Set in a hate-and-fear-fueled alternate reality, Layla Amin (17), her parents, and countless other United States citizens are rounded up by a new military branch and subsequently forced into an internment camp reminiscent of, and nearby, Manzanar. Resistance shows itself in varying forms and to various degrees. It doesn't take the death of an innocent to spark revolution, just that good people see injustice and do something.


Book Club Discussion Questions

  • Choose a character and determine how they seem to define themselves, as well as how interment defined them.

  • What similarities can we see from the internment of Japanese people during World War 2 to this story; further, from this story to the current status of our border?

  • In the earlier parts of the book, people are incredulous, so the idea that “it can’t happen here” becomes very important. Why is this dangerous? Can we see this in our past? What about with current events?

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Book Club Content Authored and Compiled By Haley Evans, Nicolas Seynhaeve, Erica Russell, and Kaylee Hendrix from the Social Justice in K12 Education Course at P.S.U.

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