Synopses & Reviews
December 7, 1941: andlt;Iandgt;A morning like any other, but the events of this day would leave no one untouched.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; For Adam, living near Honolulu, this Sunday morning is one he has been looking forward to -- fishing with friends, away from the ever-watchful eyes of his father, a navy lieutenant. Then, right before his eyes, Adam watches Japanese planes fly overhead and attack the U.S. Navy. All he can think is that it's just like in the movies. But as he sees his father's ship, the andlt;Iandgt;Arizona,andlt;/Iandgt; sink beneath the water, he realizes this isn't make-believe. It's real. andlt;BRandgt; Over the next few days, Adam searches for answers -- about his friends, the war, and especially, his father. But Adam soon learns sometimes there are no answers.
The bestselling author of "Snow Bound" presents a poignant depiction of the events of December 7, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Adam Pelko watches as Japanese fighter planes attack and sink most of America's Pacific fleet, including the "Arizona"--his father's ship.
About the Author
is the author of many books for young readers, including A Boy at War
and A Boy No More
, which introduced Adam Pelko; The Wild Kid
; and Snow Bound
. His books have won numerous honors, including the Horn Book
Honor List and the ALA Best Books for Young Adults citations. He is the recipient of the ALAN Award. Harry Mazer lives in New York City and Montpelier, Vermont.
Harry Mazer says, "After I finished A Boy at War, I wanted to write about Adam Pelko again, but what was the story to be? It wasn't until after the tragedies of September eleventh that I found the focus I needed to continue his story.
"Periods of war and national emergency have never been kind to personal liberties. In the aftermath of September eleventh many Arab and Muslim Americans find themselves under suspicion and their rights jeopardized. In some ways this is what happened after Pearl Harbor, when Japanese Americans were demonized and their rights were trampled. I know that history never simply repeats itself, but I hope that through Adam and Davi's story readers will recognize the parallels -- and the perils."