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Eyes of the Emperor (Prisoners of the Empire #2)

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Eddy Okana lies about his age and joins the Army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy—even the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.

Then the Army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi.
Paperback, 229 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 9th 2005)
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Feb 09, 2016 karen rated it really liked it
i curse my elementary and high school education because it failed to teach me cool shit about world war II. or anything that wasn't related to the damn 13 colonies.i know everything there is to know about the mating rituals of the quakers (zzzzzzzzzzz) but i have no idea who won the civil war.

here are some things i have just learned today:

hawaii is moving toward japan at the rate of almost 4 inches per year - snapple plum-a-granate tea cap

during world war II, 25 american soldiers of japanese de
Jan 19, 2015 Nic rated it liked it
This book caught me off guard. At first I thought I was going to be reading a normal World War II book, but this wasn't the average World War II book. Instead of a war story of fighting and killing, this book told a story from a more homeland perspective. I actually liked this approach. It got me thinking about the other parts of the war and not just parts fought in battles. The book pointed out how racial America was to Japanese people and culture during world war II. It was a change from the a ...more
David Johnson
Mar 30, 2015 David Johnson rated it it was amazing
The book "Eyes of the Emperor" is a great book to read. This book was very catching when i read the back cover. It looked very interesting when it said Eddie had a secret mission to do. The book shows you how these Japanese men and women stayed dedicated to the United States. Some even fought for the U.S. Eddie was one of them.

The story is about seventeen year old Eddie. He joins the Army even though his friends try to talk him out of it. He signs and lies about his age. He wants to help the Am
May 17, 2016 Alexander rated it it was ok
Eyes of the Emperor
Graham Salisbury

In the beginning of the book Pearl Harbor was bombed. Before that Eddy was Cobra and Chik's friend. The police arrested a lot of Japanese men, but they did not arrest Pa or Cobra and Chik's father because they were used to make boats and rebuild them. Eddy signed up for the army and he was only 16 and when he home Pa started ignoring him. He learned that Eddy's life was his and Pa's. They went to Schofield. Then they all trained. Then the Lineament chose people
Ella Brucker
Oct 05, 2015 Ella Brucker rated it really liked it
"Eyes of the Emperor" was an adventure packed book about a boy who joins the army. The boy has to fight in an unexpected way to keep his life and his family honor. The book is full of unexpected turns and really sucks you into it. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to young adult readers who like adventure and historical fiction.
Arlene Morrell
Oct 27, 2014 Arlene Morrell rated it really liked it
This was definitely a bit of history that I was not aware of and it was very informative. This is a good book and for anyone who is interested in some things history books neglect to inform Americans regarding World War II. It is very heartbreaking on many levels and was not an easy read.
May 15, 2013 Victor rated it really liked it
It was a very interesting story and i highly recommend it. It shows a new side of an intriguing subject. I thought it was very interesting because I was unaware that they used the American Japanese people as dog food. Literally they actually used them as the targets for training. I was astonished that although we attacked Germany for being unaccepting we were almost as bad. We killed threatened and ruined the lives of many American people just because of the shapes of their eyes. This informatio ...more
Booktalk: Anybody here thinking seriously about joining the military someday? Eddie Okubo has been thinking about it--so much so that at age 16 he lies about his age and joins the Army. But after he enlists, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Now Eddie and his friends--all of whom have Japanese parents--are no longer viewed as loyal American soldiers. Now everyone--even the Army--sees them as the enemy. In fact, Eddie and his friends are chosen to be part of a secret government project because they are J ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 22, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
One of the things I have learned doing all this reading about the Japanese Americans is that the books aimed at a teenage audience are often much better done, and have more of an impact, then those books aimed for adult. This book is a primary example of that concept.

The story is about Eddy Okubo, a Nisei kid of 16 on Hawaii. His father is a supporter of Japan, but Eddy is Americanized. He and his father work on building boats, and things go wrong when a boat they have just finished is blown up
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing
I have always been intrigued with WWII, maybe because my grandfather fought in North Africa against Rommel, but would never talk about it. I have also thought it was incredibly unfair to treat Japanese Americans the way we did; arresting them just because of their heritage or the way they looked, never mind the fact that they were Americans.

So, along comes Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury, and I absolutely loved it. The name of the book is based on how we treated Japanese American just b
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been intrigued with WWII, maybe because my grandfather fought in North Africa against Rommel, but would never talk about it. I have also thought it was incredibly unfair to treat Japanese Americans the way we did; arresting them just because of their heritage or the way they looked, never mind the fact that they were Americans.

So, along comes Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury, and I absolutely loved it. The name of the book is based on how we treated Japanese American just be
Nov 12, 2015 Jarod added it
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury is quite a novel, not only does it teach you about what it was like to be a Japanese-American soldier during World War II, but it teaches you on how the Japanese troops in the us army were treated over time.
All in all I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because of these few simple reasons.
1. The book progresses quite slowly
2. The ending is very unsatisfactory to me
Eyes of the Emperor is a very good book, but the slow progression and even word choice
Nicholas Wallenhorst
Mar 06, 2014 Nicholas Wallenhorst rated it it was amazing
Eyes of the Emperor
Graham Salisbury
Five out of Five

I liked this book very much because of the action packed story that is also historical. What I mean is, I like how the story is about Japanese U.S soldiers from the army in World War II but is also actioned packed about the problems of the rasicm. I also liked this book because it's about a regular boy just like me (except that his family builds boats) and this could've happened to me.
One of my most favorite parts is in the end and if you
Apr 04, 2016 Andre rated it it was amazing
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May 31, 2014 Bonita rated it really liked it
I saw this book on the shelf of a bookstore and decided to grab it. I am fascinated about all things World War II, and I live on Oahu so I knew I would recognize some of the geography it mentioned.

I was quite surprised by the book. The description on the back doesn't quite prepare you for the dehumanizing "mission" these guys are sent on. This part of our history as a nation will always be a black mark, and a warning to the future. Fearing a certain race (or culture, or religion for that matter
Apr 04, 2016 Louis rated it really liked it
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Zachary Mosher
Mar 15, 2014 Zachary Mosher rated it it was amazing
Eddy Okubo is 16 his parents and family are from japan. Eddy was born in Hawaii and is patriotic. Eddy graduated high school and is working with his dad with boats and doesn't know what he wants to do in life. He makes a big step and decides to join the US army with his friends. But theres one problem he is only 17, nothing a little forging can't fix and he was 18.

His father doesn't really like the Idea and wants him to see his Japanese roots and does not talk to him for a while. On Eddys first
Bibi Belford
Jun 16, 2015 Bibi Belford rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
Eddy, a Japanese American living in Hawaii, lies about his age and enlists in the army just before Pearl Harbor is bombed. Even the Army is suspicious about Japanese Americans and develops a program using their Japanese American soldiers as dog bait during training. While the story of Eddy Okana was engaging, it was not riveting. It presented a subject I knew very little about and informed me well. I'm not a war buff, so that may be why I didn't connect well with the characters. It felt a little ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Sofia rated it it was amazing
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Apr 04, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
Eddy Okana is a Japanese-American living in Hawaii in the summer of 1941. Anti-Japanese sentiment is growing amongst other islanders, casting a pall on his otherwise happy life. Eddy looks up to his friends, who are slightly older than he is, and who have joined the army. When funds become tight for Eddy's family, he lies about his age and joins the army. As fate would have it, Pearl Harbor happens shortly afterwards. The plot focuses on the prejudice and stress placed on Japanese-Americans duri ...more
May 14, 2014 Maxl added it
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury gave me a whole new view on what World War II was like for Japanese-Americans living in America. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in World War II or the United States Army. It could also interest people who would like to simply learn about how Japanese-American soldiers were treated in World War II. The book begins with Eddy Okubo talking to his friends Chik and Cobra about how they had just joined the United States Army. Wanting t ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Eyes of the Emperor
By: Graham Salisbury
This book is about a Japanese-Americans who faces the conflict that every Japanese-Americans faced. Eddy wants to join the Army but is to young to join. He lies about his age and joins the army. Almost right after Eddy joins the army, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. His friends start to see him as an enemy. President Roosevelt agrees to make a special that will envolves dogs attacking Japanese people. They think that Japanese people have a different scent t
Oct 25, 2014 Magaly rated it liked it
Throughout this entire novel, Graham Salisbury described Eddy Okubo's task as a U.S. soldier who trains dogs. Eddy along with others from his battalion are of Japanese descent. Graham Salisbury does a really well job of displaying how Eddy and his battalion feel when society discriminates and views them in a disgusting manner, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. For example, what "we want is for the dog to find you using nothing but your natural Jap scent" because "you're a Jap" (Salisbury 1 ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I learned something about World War II history that I didn't know before by reading this book. I am ashamed of this part of my history as an American.

This book is narrated by Eddy Okubo who lies about his age to enter the US Army before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After America declares war on Japan Okubo and his fellow Japanese American soldiers encounter various trials including being sent to Cat Island off of the Mississippi coast to serve as the bait in an ill-fa
Alex Baugh
Nov 23, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Eddy Okubo, 16, may have parents who were born in Japan, but he was born in Hawaii and considers himself strictly American. Eddy is a smart kid and has already graduated from high school. So far, though, all has been doing is helping his father out with his boat building business, not really know what he wants to do in life.

Now, Eddy thinks enlisting in the US Army might be something he would like to do after hearing about it from his friends, Chik and Cobra, both 18, who have just been drafted.
Apr 10, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Eyes of the Emperor By: Graham Salisbury Book Review Brian Bredemann
Reading 8-McG
Book Review 4/4/08

If you love to read history and adventure, then you will enjoy Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury. The historical fiction book is about sixteen year-old Eddy Okubo, a Hawaiian-American living with his family in Oahu in 1941, who is part- American and part-Japanese. He has two best friends, Chik & Cobra who are both eighteen.
The story begins with how the people of Hawaii are afraid of h
Nick Wong
Feb 03, 2011 Nick Wong rated it it was amazing
What I thought about this book was that Eddy Okubo had a very smart decision because he wanted to become an American solider fighting against the Japanese because Japan was bombing Pearl Harbor so he wanted to help the Americans. Even though Eddy is Japanese, he is a true American and a true warrior because he didn't help his country he exactly helped the Americans who were getting bombed because he didn't like what the Japanese were doing. If I would Eddy Okubo I would be very courageous to go ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Viridiana rated it liked it
Title: "The Eyes of the Emperor" by Graham Salisbury
Grade/interest level: 6th to 8th Grade
Guided Reading Level:W
Genre: Historical fiction

Main Characters: Eddy Okubo
Setting: The story takes place in Hawaii during World War II
P.O.V: from Eddy

Summary: This is book is about a Japanese-American living in Hawaii. He decides to lie about his age and join the army after his family experiences some hate crimes. His family is being looked down upon by some people for being of Japanese heritage at this per
Payton Chin
Apr 13, 2013 Payton Chin rated it really liked it
My book, “Eyes of the Emperor”, written by Graham Salisbury, was a historical fiction book set in World War II. It was told through the eyes of Eddy Okubo, a young 16-year old Japanese American who enlists in the U.S army. However, because of his race, he is faced with prejudice from the country he holds so high in respect. I think that this book had a good idea in mind, but there weren’t enough details to fully describe their feelings. I liked how the author described some traditional Japan val ...more
May 27, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
The book, The Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury, is told from the perspective of a Japanese American soldier, Eddy, during World War II. This book is unlike other World War II books that I have read because it shows how the Japanese American soldiers were treated during the war. One part of the book explains how the Japanese soldiers were bait for attack dogs in training. This perspective shows how the American soldiers were treated differently from the Japanese soldiers. It also shows wha ...more
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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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