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House of the Red Fish

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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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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...more
May 11, 2012 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 3 of 5 stars 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
Jul 26, 2008 Marilyn rated it 2 of 5 stars 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.
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.
Another book that I started but just didn't grab me enough to finish.
This book was very good. It was almost as good as the first one.
Nov 06, 2007 Chey rated it 5 of 5 stars 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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