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House of the Red Fish (Prisoners of the Empire #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
1943, one year after the end of Under the Blood-Red Sun, Tomi’s Papa and Grandpa are still under arrest, and the paradise of Hawaii now lives in fear—waiting for another attack, while trying to recover from Pearl Harbor. As a Japanese American, Tomi and his family have new enemies everywhere, vigilantes who suspect all Japanese. Tomi finds hope in his goal of raising Papa’ ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published July 25th 2006)
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 22, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely great book about the post-Pearl Harbor time in Hawaii, and how it affected people of Japanese ancestry living in Hawaii.

This part isn't from the book, but it's necessary background. The U.S. gathered up all the persons of Japanese ancestry (PJAs) on the West Coast shortly after the start of the war and shipped them to assembly centers (with families sometimes living in horse stalls), and then on to desert areas or other similarly nasty areas to live in tarpaper shacks. Som
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been over a year since I read Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salibury, which is a totally awesome book. I had forgotten how much I loved the writing style of this author. I love the tension in this story. Living in Hawaii and being a Japanese American must have really been horrible during WWII. Every white person must have looked at them with total distrust.

I cherish the characters in House of the Red Sun. Tomi and his best friend Billy were great. With Keet, a bully, I wanted to pop him i
Sequel to "Under the Blood-Red Sun." Over a year after Pearl Harbor was bombed, Tomi is man of the house, with his father and grandfather still war prisoners. He is sick about the fact that his father's fishing boat lies at the bottom of a canal, sunken by the Army to prevent Japanese fishermen from aiding the enemy. He wants to raise the boat so that it will be ready for his Dad when he is released from jail. But Tomi is only in 9th grade. Without money or equipment how can he manage the big jo ...more
Keerthana P.
A book I have recently been reading is The House of RedFish. The House of Redfish is a book that you can't put down once you start and is a story of an amazing story of the life of a Japanese-American boy in Hawaii after Pearl Harbour. Tomi Nakaji’s life is upside down. More than a year ago when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, Tomi’s father was shot, injured, and arrested off of his fishing boat. Even worse is that Tomi’s grandpa was also taken into custody. Facing the hard life of living in a ...more
Adrian Km
May 23, 2015 Adrian Km rated it really liked it
House of the Red Fish by Graham Salisbury
Written by Adrian Keller-Miller
House of the Red Fish, the sequel to Under the Blood Red Sun, continues the story of Tomi Nakaji’s struggles after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi’s family immigrated to the United States from Japan, and now that Pearl Harbor has been attacked, there are a lot more people in Hawaii that dislike Japanese. Tomi is now a 15 year old boy, and is living with his Mom, younger sister, and grandfather who recently returned home af
Jan 22, 2011 Dotty rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Riveting suspense, vivid historical rendering coupled with graphic descriptions of the setting. Characters to love:
Tomi - courage and honor and the loyalty of his friends
Billy -- Tomi’s white friend who sees no color or ethnic barriers
Tomi’s mother --earning a living caring for a family prejudiced against Japanese Americans
Tomi’s grandfather -- honorable, stubborn, and loving in his own crabby way

Tomi’ Nakaji’s father was arrested after Pearl Harbor and his fishi
Kimberly Paulson
I read this for my son's all-school book club about Japanese Exclusion during World War 2. Excellent book. Wish the author would write the final book in the series!
May 11, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
It's year after Pearl Harbor and 13 yr old Tomi is the man of the house-his father and grandfather are prison camp-they are Japanes. Tomi has the idea to raise the sunken fishing boat of his fathers so when his father is released he can resume his job/living. But with the war there is a shortage of materials that Tomi and his friends need to accomplish this. Also the neighbor boy, Keet (white) is trying to stop him, he thinks he will use the boat for bad/spy type things. A great book about Hawai ...more
Jun 26, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in the bombing of pearl harbor and its effects
this book helped understand a bit the hardships that the bombing of pearl harbor brought. The coincidence about reading this for the book club i attended this year at my school was that towards the end of the curriculum we started studying WWII and i was able to contribute a lot to our discussions and debates. The boy also made me understand even more racial issues and the tolls it takes on us. the continuation of this book "under the blood red sun" if im not mistaken is a good read so i've been ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Liked the book a lot, but I was mad where it ended. I need to know what happens!
Oct 15, 2014 Leeann rated it really liked it
Just as riveting as the first book about Tomi, this story continues with the theme of polar opposites--unfounded hatred and intense loyalty. The integrity of Tomi and his family garners many good people to rally around his goal of raising his father's fishing boat from the canal where it was sunk. At the same time Keet Wilson becomes more desperate to destroy Tomi and his family. While the book alludes to Keet's personal problems it never identifies a clear motive for his anger and one-man vende ...more
Jul 26, 2008 Marilyn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 7th- 10th grade boys
I generally like Graham Salisbury's books but for some reason, even though this one is short, it took me forever to get through it. There seemed to me to be an over-abundance of stock characters, i.e. the grumpy but wise grandfather, the white kid with a good heart, the white kid with power issues, the two Hawaiian kids who add humor, etc. etc. If you're looking for a more satisfying historical fiction of this time in US history, go to Salisbury's Under the Eyes of the Emperor.
The kids and I are really into Graham Salisbury right now. His stories are basically set in Hawaii and we like hearing about all the familiar places. It is also a part of history that they understand.
Jan 03, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
Gripped by anti Japanese sentiment in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tomi attempts to do the impossible by raising his father's sunken boat. Surrounded by friends and people he barely knows, Tomi's quest brings him closer to his grandfather and his heritage. Tomi struggles with his own self doubts and with the real threat of his neighbor turned enemy Keet.
This is a story set in Hawaii right after the bombing of pearl harbor. It is a tragic look at how Americans can treat other Americans and a real eye-opener.

Tomi and his friends show true bravery and grit growing up in this troubling time.
Mar 03, 2010 Jenne rated it did not like it
Another book that I started but just didn't grab me enough to finish.
Oct 21, 2012 Koby rated it really liked it
This book was very good. It was almost as good as the first one.
Nov 06, 2007 Chey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 5-8th grades
another related book to Under the Red Blood sun .fantastic
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Graham Salisbury comes from a 100-year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii's morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser. Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report. "I enjoy writing about characters who might have been. To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience. There are times ...more
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