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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion

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Few know the story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska during World War II--until now.

GHOSTS IN THE FOG is the first narrative nonfiction book for young adults to tell the riveting story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska during World War II. This fascinating little-known piece of American history is told from the point of view of the Am
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Scholastic Reference
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Nov 30, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it
Ugh! How did such a good story get such a bad writer. How did this thing get published? Much like the excellent Lost in Shangri-la, this book tells an all but forgotten story of World War II. In 1942 the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands. The U.S. government denied it had happened. Many of the inhabitants were rounded up and shipped to Japan for the duration of the war. You might think the ones rescued by the U.S. would have fared better, but you'd be wrong. In fact, the ineptit ...more
Leslie Fitzpatrick
Oct 06, 2013 Leslie Fitzpatrick rated it it was ok
I'm stating off with the most important thing, the dog lived! I was never aware that the Alaskan islands were occupied by the Japanese during WWII, so calling this the forgotten war makes a lot of sense to me. Although I was fascinated with the story I did not enjoy the way this book was written, the stories kept jumping around, the dates kept jumping around and I felt like if I wanted to totally understand everything I needed to take notes, like a timeline and a list of names to keep everything ...more
Landon S
Ghost in the Fog
The book Ghost in the Fog it’s about World War 2. The Japanese are fighting the U. S. over Alaska. The start they war by bombing the Pearl Harbor. Then America got mad and we started fight. There was multiply battles the battle of Attu and Kiska.
The book shows different point of views of the people in the story. Like what they did and what happened to them. Like what their strategies were and plans to attack each other. Also how the get free from each other.
: Main Charac
Jake Rowe
Feb 10, 2016 Jake Rowe rated it really liked it
Ghosts in the Fog is a good narrative non-fiction book for people wanting to learn about the WWII invasion of Alaska. The book follows various people involved with the invasion itself and the plan to drive the Japanese out. The dates tend to jump around along with the people, making it a little confusing. However, this book still gave me a good idea as to what happened in Alaska during World War 2. The book describes the deaths of the soldiers but does not really go into details on the blood or ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 13, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
One of the things that the US government didn't want anyone to know was that Alaska had been attacked. The Japanese were trying to distract US intelligence from realizing that Midway was going to be attacked, and so took control of areas of the Aleutian islands. This book covers a huge number of aspects of this occurrence, ranging from the cryptographers who were following what the Japanese were doing, to residents of the village of Attu who were made prisoners of war and shipped to Japan, where ...more
I had no idea that Alaska was invaded by the Japanese during World War II until I heard about this book. I was aware that the weather up there is pretty harsh and just getting to some of the Aleutian Islands is a challenge. I found the book both fascinating and heartbreaking. Books like this are a clear reminder that humans make some really foolish decisions sometimes, like ignoring intelligence that Alaska was a target of the Japanese. Decisions like sending the evacuees from the Aleutians to o ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Not long after Japan attacked the American military complex at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded Alaska. The United States denied that the invasion had happened and then continued to deny it for years. The Aleuts and Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II did not receive reparations or apologies until decades later, in 1988. This book describes a fascinating and little known aspect of WWII, detailing the heroism of men such as Charlie House who survived in the wilds of Alaska ...more
Gay Ann
Jan 30, 2016 Gay Ann rated it it was amazing
Did you know that Japan invaded Alaska in World War II? Probably not, because the United States government asked all service men to never talk about it and kept the government records classified. About five months after the Pearl Harbor attack on May 14, 1941, the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands. The U.S. Navy publicly denied the invasion and the bloody hand-to-hand fighting that took place. Native Alaskans were placed in dilapidated fish warehouses and deplorable interment ca ...more
May 20, 2013 Margaret rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-msbob
Like other reviewers, I first learned something about this piece of history from Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries. I found Seiple's book interesting, though aggravating at times in the way the author chose to skip forward and backward in various story lines rather than arranging them in a more linear fashion. This is also a book in DESPERATE need of several good detailed maps.

My impression of Ghosts in the Fog suffers from the fact that I'm reading it as part of the NCSLMA Middle School Ba
May 10, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it
This story is being told by a third person narrator who is telling about the sequence if event on the day of Pearl Harbor. The narrator influenced my reading because the narrator gave me a better understanding of how horrific Pearl Harbor really was. So far the narrator's perspective had stayed the same. The perspective is that this event was a very big struggle to go through. This book was good. I enjoyed reading this book because before reading thus book Pearl Harbor was some bombing that I he ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Jun 10, 2012 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
After Japan invaded Pearl Harbor, it invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands but some bloody and deadly battles stopped Japan from expanding its empire into Alaska. Unknown facts about this largely untold story are finally being brought to light.

I appreciated the extensive index which included a man I've been researching for some time. The man was Private Jose P. Martinez,the twenty-three year old from Colorado and the first private in WWII who received the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for
Quentin Beck
Apr 20, 2016 Quentin Beck rated it really liked it
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Brandon Floor
Nov 10, 2014 Brandon Floor rated it really liked it
This book was way more entertaining than I thought it would have been! Originally, I was going to get The Boy in Striped Pajamas (which is my next book), but then I saw I had to read a nonfiction book and I found this. Originally, I thought it was going to be a boring book, but as I read the first pages, I realized this is one of the entertaining history books like Chasing Lincoln's Killer.

The book starts out with a man walking into a heavily guarded underground facility, which is a place where
Ellen Harney
The author's purpose in writing this book was to shed a light on the invasion of Alaska during WWII. Most people have never heard of or even had any idea that this battle took place. Samantha Seiple wanted to educate the world of what truly took place during WWII. This battle may not have been publicized or studied in history books, but many precious lives were still taken from this earth. Seiple shows the reader the other side and what the government didn't want the citizens to know or find out ...more
May 11, 2014 Nick added it
The authors purpose for writing this story is for information. The book was telling about something that not many people actually know. The story is based on the stories of the Japanese invading Alaska during world war II. The author wrote the book in the setting of narrative nonfiction. It is told from a 3rd person stand point from the American side of the battles in Alaska. The Americans were not expecting the Japanese to try to invaded Alaska. At the time Alaska was not a state so the war wa ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it
Wow. So important, so fascinating, so sad. The native inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands were treated as literally legal children of the US government before the war, and then killed and plundered by both governments during the war.

The author focuses on some neat individuals and stories, and she also was able to secure some first-person interviews and artifacts of various people involved in the story. There are some really interesting stories, facts, and personal touches. There is lots and lot
Seth Cain
Mar 02, 2014 Seth Cain rated it liked it
All of us know about the Pearl Harbor bombings but did you know that on June 7th, 1942 the Japanese invaded Alaska and on June 10th the US government denied it? They tried hiding it from the people cause they didn't want to freak them out that the Japanese were going to attack the Untied States. In may of that year the Japanese General sent a message to the U.S. Navy saying that they are still planning to attack Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. The Japanese where trying to distract the U.S. ...more
4Spencer J
Apr 07, 2016 4Spencer J rated it really liked it
In this book, Ghosts in the Fog, Samantha Seiple writes about the experiences in Alaska during World War II. The Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska during the war but this was not released to the public because it would spread fear to the United States population. This “information” would cause the United States to look like it was on the “defensive” (Seiple 16). This makes sense because Americans were excited that the United States was winning the war and the governm ...more
Kenzie Schlicht
Oct 05, 2014 Kenzie Schlicht rated it it was ok
I think that the authors purpose was to inform and show that there was more to pearl harbor than just everything that happened on the beaches. She is trying to show everyone that things happens in other places to, like Alaska. I feel like she is trying to explain what others can't about pearl harbor. She is trying to prove it was more than what you just hear about. She was also trying. to show 2 different points of views of the war.

I think the theme in my book is determination. You should not
Lily Curpier
Feb 23, 2014 Lily Curpier rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Lily by: librarian
"Ghosts in the fog" is a great book to read if you are into learning secrets never told about World War Two. This book is filled with shocking and traumatic events that were "forgotten" during the war. The book starts off taking place at Pearl Harbor, Oahu Hawaii. The book also takes place in Otaru, Hokkaido,Japan and Kiska Alaska. lieutenant Commander Edwin Layton who was also known as Eddie was more of a flat character but Charlie House was a round character who got mentioned a lot through out ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Austin rated it liked it
This book was very factual. It had a lot of good insights on soldiers perspectives. It was very intense during the stories, and you could picture yourself in the situation. It was very interesting because a lot of it is un known facts.

This book takes place in WWII, and they talk about there point of view in the war. A big chunk of the book is about the battles of Alaska. Those battles were almost completely forgotten in U.S. history. These people give a clear description of the hardships they
Rhiannon Theis
May 25, 2015 Rhiannon Theis rated it it was ok
Did you know that Alaska was invaded by the Japanese during World War II? I didn't well, not until I read this book. This book is definitely for people who like stories about war or learning about World War II. If you don't like either of those things, don't waste your time reading it. I thought that this was a great story, but it was also very boring. Before I read this I pictured it to keep you on the edge of your seat but in my opinion, it did quite the opposite. Like I said, if you like read ...more
Lance Skank
Dec 16, 2014 Lance Skank rated it really liked it
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Dane Clark
Oct 13, 2014 Dane Clark rated it really liked it
This book is about the untold invasion of Alaska. The story Americas government didn't want to let out. it follows the stories of many different people involved in the Alaska invasion. How they took over Kriska and the events that followed. Many hardships were endured during this time.
It was an okay book, at multiple times it was hard to tell what they were talking about. It should have followed a few people, not every single soldier in wwII. But it got its point across so I guess it wasn't that
Feb 12, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
This book provided the basic facts about the World War II Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands. However, the writing fell flat. The books skipped forwards and backwards in time, leading to confusion. After reading The Wind Is Not a River last year I had hoped to find a book that discussed the truth of the invasion and this was the first I found. I would like to find a better written one, preferably an adult-level work as this book was meant for a young adult audience.
Christian Snell
May 16, 2014 Christian Snell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's purpose in writing this book is to show people a different perspective during the World War 2 time period. Most of the time people are told about the major fights and battles of World War 2, but they are not told much about what happened in other parts of the world. The author tries to give a feeling for the soldiers in other places besides the main battlefield.

The theme of this book is hardship and determination. No matter what you can't give up you have to persevere through hard
Sep 06, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Seiple, Samantha. Ghosts in the Fog. 2011. 224 pp. $16.99 hc. Scholastic, Inc..978-5452296540
Samantha Seiple has done an amazing job of research into a little known battle front in WW II. Written for young adults, Ghost in the Fog is a narrative nonfiction and it grabs the reader and drops him first in the world of the 1940’s then takes you to end the of the world, the Aleutian islands. The book reminded me of the movie “The Thing”, both the 1950s and the 1990s edition. In both cases you are imm
Alex Baugh
Oct 05, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA
Shelves: world-war-2
Ghosts in the Fog is the story of the Japanese invasion of the two of the Aleutian Islands, Attu and Kiska. The Japanese occupied these islands from June 3, 1942 to August 24, 1943. And, I have to be honest and confess that I did not know anything about this invasion of the Aleutians, and by extension the US, since these islands were US territory at the time, so I was really looking forward to reading Seiple's account of it and I was not disappointed.

Seiple begins the history of the Aleutian inv
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Having a grandfather who was a POW of WWII, I grew up with hearing a lot of stories about the war, and that fueled my desire to learn more about the war the older I got. I was really quite shocked when I sat down to read this book, as I hadn't heard anything about Japan's invasion in Alaska during June of 1942 through August of 1943. Quite honestly it made me angry to learn that this invasion could have been voided, and also was covered up by our own country. I thought Samantha Seiple's account ...more
Karen Ball
Nov 10, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was the reason the US entered World War II. On June 7, 1942, Japan invaded the Aleutian islands of Alaska... and on June 10, 1942, the US government denied that it had happened. More than 15,000 US soldiers were sent to Alaska, and by the end the final battles, more soldiers had been lost than at Pearl Harbor. And the public knew nothing. Seiple tells the story, explaining why the islands were strategically import ...more
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