In this story, author Graham Salisbury captures the panic, confusion, and terror during the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, told from the perspective of Tomi, a young Japanese boy. Tomi’s father and then his grandfather are arrested out of a mistaken fear that they may be collaborators. Tomi struggles first to make sense of the situation, and then to gather his inner strength. It is a story that contrasts fear-inspired cruelty with the compassion and loyalty of true friendship.
Under the Blood-Red Sun is well-liked by middle school boys. There is plenty of dramatic action and a significant event in American history is brought vividly to life with realistic descriptions and highly believable characters.