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Gr 5-9-Adam Pelko has lived for only two weeks in Honolulu, where his father is an officer assigned to the USS Arizona in nearby Pearl Harbor. When he befriends Davi Mori, a high school classmate whose parents are Japanese, Adam's rigid father forbids him to associate with Davi, fearing that the anti-Japanese sentiment so rampant on the island will tarnish the Pelko family and Lieutenant Pelko's navy career. When his father is called back to the ship unexpectedly, Adam slips away from his house the following morning-December 7, 1941-to go fishing with Davi and another classmate. Rowing close to the fleet in Pearl Harbor, they witness the horrific Japanese air attack and are nearly killed themselves, their boat shot from beneath them by a low-flying fighter plane. Desperate to reach home and find out if his father is alive, Adam is spotted by an officer who mistakes him for a young enlisted man and orders him into action to help rescue survivors and restore order. Before the day is out, Adam proves himself a hero, bravely confronting death and destruction as he struggles to learn his father's fate. Mazer's final chapters leave a few issues unresolved, but his story's quick pace, graphic detail, and nonstop action will keep readers involved. Expect this novel to be in high demand after the blockbuster film Pearl Harbor arrives in the theaters this summer, generating a new wave of interest in this dramatic episode in history.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH
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It was a really good book. I really liked it. It was the best book I ever read. Love it.Published 3 months ago by Dani brockhaus
One of the best books ever.
I wish it had a better ending though.
I would recommend this book to someone.
I bought this for my grandson that loves World War II and he enjoyed reading the book.Published 7 months ago by J. Arscott
Purchased for school. Didn't hear any complaints (and believe me I would) so assume they are happy.Published 7 months ago by CJ Harris
I enjoyed this quick read - would be good for a teen to get an up close and personal account of an historical event.Published 8 months ago by Amanda Tillotson
Though this book was probably meant for the grade 6 audience, it has a fascinating story that will appeal to a wide variety of ages, especially those who have an interest in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by O-TRI