Under The Blood-Red Sun
By Graham Salisbury; Random House, 2005
FROM BACK COVER:
"HAWAII, DECEMBER 7, 1941. TOMIKAZU'S WORLD VANISHES IN AN HOUR.
Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan and came to America to escape poverty. "This is a good place," says Papa, a fisherman, and Tomi knows he is right.
World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, even though the harbor is full of warships. They're 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. Tomi's father and grandfather are arrested. Taken away. Tomi must be the man of his family and help his mother and little sister survive. It's a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn't change: the loyalty of Tomi's buddies, the Rats."
- Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
- An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
- An ALA Notable Book
- A Booklist Editors' Choice
- Winner of the California Young Reader Medal
Ages 12+; pb $6.99
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