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Under the Blood-Red Sunby Graham Salisbury
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Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Tomikazu's world is destroyed when Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. Tomi's father and grandfather — both born in Japan — are arrested, and Tomi must help his mother and sister survive. It's a terrifying time to be Japanese American.
"Salisbury skillfully describes Tomi's emotional highs and lows, and has a particular knack for realistically portraying the camaraderie and dialogue between boyhood chums." Publishers Weekly
"Salisbury spares few details — the fear, the horror, the sounds, the smells all envelop the reader as they do the characters....[An] action-packed novel..." Frances Bradburn, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Character development of major figures is good, the setting is warmly realized, and the pace of the story moves gently though inexorably forward." School Library Journal
"Salisbury's second novel is not only a timeless tale of the loyalty of friends, but it also explores both cross-generational and cross-cultural issues. An easy read...[that] is nevertheless challenging in its content and subject matter." Lisa J. McClure, The ALAN Review
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
Tomikazu's world is destroyed when Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. Tomi's father and grandfather--both born in Japan--are arrested, and Tomi must help his mother and sister survive. It's a terrifying time to be Japanese American.
Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.
World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing ball on their eighth-grade team, the Rats.
But then Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan. Japanese men are rounded up, and Tomis father and grandfather are arrested. Its a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesnt change: the loyalty of Tomis buddies, the Rats.
About the Author
Graham Salisbury's books have won several awards, including the PEN/Norma Klein Award for his debut novel, Blue Skin of the Sea, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for his second novel, Under the Blood-Red Sun. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he manages a historic office building.
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