Under the Blood-Red Sun

Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

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.

Gaby

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Filed under 6-8 Grade, boys, Historical Fiction

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