Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (Dear America)
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Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (Dear America)

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Amber's journal chronicles two months that change her life forever. In late 1941 her family moves to Hawaii, landing in the epicenter of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II. As she watches her world literally explode in flames, Amber demonstrates that in the face of tragedy, kids can find the courage to help and to simply go on.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published 1998)
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Amber's dad is a journalist whose paper requires frequent moves. This family had the experience of residing in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese Attack. Her mom was a nurse, so Amber accompanied her to care for the wounded.

It is amazing how closely the movie Pearl Harbor follows this first hand account. Yes, they had to steriize Coke bottles for blood. Yes, nurses were sent out with lipstick to determine which wounded men would be admitted to the hospital and which were not going to survive their...more
Becky Keir Grace
Amber's family recently moves to Hawaii in the year 1941. She is adjusting to a new life and the planes flew over head and attacked Pearl Harbor.

Great book for historical information. The first half of this book was a little dry, it was setting up for the family's move from Washington DC to Hawaii. And Amber's mom annoyed me throughout the beginning. Once the family settles in Hawaii Amber makes friends with a Japanese girl, Kame. She spends time with the girl's family and learns a little about...more
From the Dear America series.

The Story.

Amber Billows starts a new journal every time her family moves – and it seems likes she’s always starting a new journal! Her father is a reporter, so his job is stable, but it keeps their family in an uproar. Every time she begins settling into a new school and finds a best friend, she is yanked out and forced to go through the whole circus again. And again. And again…

But this time, when her father announces that their family is moving, it’s a double whammy...more
Nov 06, 2007 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in war history
This book is about a girl named Amber Billows. She and her family experienced the pearl harbor bombing. Now the United states government is protecting everyone for another attack. Now Amber has to live her life in fear until the war is over. What I learned about this book is how cautious everyone was during the war. I thought this book was very interesting.
This series is for young readers. I've always wanted to read this series to learn more about America's history. Since it is written for young kids there is much left to be desired but a good general overview based on a ficticious character. Rated: PG
Early Sunday Morning sheds a new, younger light on the Pearl Harber experiance. It is written in diary format of a young girl living at Pearl Harber before the attack. If you're like me and enjoy history, then you'll enjoy this.
Feb 02, 2014 Turtle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Independent Readers
Recommended to Turtle by: Library
I honestly disliked the voice of Amber Billows.She had a more modern voice than someone I would have expected from her time period. And for that matter, I could barely tell it was 1940 at all. I personally disliked her and her attitude. And this admittedly affected my opinion on the book as a whole. It felt less like a "found-diary" and more like just an average historical fiction account. And some events in the book felt gimmicky.

I haven't read many historical accounts on Pearl Harbor so maybe...more
Makenna Espinoza
I somewhat liked "Early Sunday Morning". It is a first hand account of Amber Billow's experience with Pearl Harbor. It brings to life a new angle from the Bombing of Pearl Harbor.
This book is about a young girl who moves from Washington D.C. to Honolulu, Hawaii with her family. It may seem like paradise, but that image soon faded when the Japanese attacked. Her best friend, Kame, was in danger of her and her family being held by the authorities.
I'd recommend this book to anybody who likes readin...more
Liz Batt
Early Sunday Morning is a historical fiction set during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Amber Billows and her family move to Hawaii from Washington D.C. just a month the Pearl Harbr attack because he father is a reporter and they move frequently. This journal style story gives a first person perspective on life before and after the attack on the island of Oahu. Amber tells of her mother and herself spending time at the hospital helping the wounded and dying soldiers in the overcrowded hospital. She...more
Sophie Rose McManus
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Dear America, Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diaries of Amber Billows is fun loving family book. You will not want to put the book down! This story is about a young girl named Amber who hates moving from place to place. But unfortunately she has to. Her dad is a big time reporter who is always looking for a good story, that’s why they move all the time. Now they are moving to Hawaii. Amber doesn’t like moving because she always has to make new friends and she’s not good at d...more
As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, Amber Billows has had to move many times in her twelve years, but she's never really gotten used to having to pack up and move on short notice. When her father announces that the family will be moving to Hawaii, Amber wishes she could be part of a family that didn't have to move so very much. She's adjusted to life in Washington, D.C., even if she hates the weather there, and has a best friend. Even though she didn't want to move, Amber can't help loving...more
Jessica Hahn
Amber Billow is a 12 year-old girl, who moves to Hawaii in late October of 1941 with her family. There she meets Kame, who is Japanese, and inevitably becomes her best friend during her stay. When the most the devastating attack on American soil occurs, Amber is forced to gather her courage and try to help not only Kame, who fears for her father and her self’s safety, but also her own family and the community. Early Sunday Morning is a remarkable historical fiction novel about the devastation of...more
Holly Hardwick
When I was in 5th grade, I read about one Dear America book every day. I absolutely loved the diary style of writing and a look back into time through the eyes of a girl that lived it. When I read Early Sunday Morning by Barry Denenberg it brought me back to being 11 years old and not being able to put this book down. I love how Denenberg wrote the story and background of Pearl Harbor from the perspective of a young girl rather than the typical telling of it from a political or military perspect...more
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It is 1941, and just as Amber Billows and her family are beginning to adjust to their new life in Washington, D.C. (after having moved between multiple other cities), Amber’s father, a quirky Harvard-educated reporter, announces that they are moving yet again, this time to the virtually unheard of U.S. territory of Hawaii. Amber is quick to be upset, but is also quick to adjust to her new life in fair-weathered, lovely Hawaii, especially as she makes friends with pr...more
Ana Mardoll
Early Sunday Morning (Pearl Harbor) / 0-439-32874-8

Clocking in at approximately 130 pages and fairly large print, "Early Sunday Morning" can be finished by late Sunday afternoon. In a matter of a few short pages, Amber's journalist family is swept protesting to their new assignment in Hawaii, followed by a few quick jotted notes about Hawaii history and culture, mostly gleaned from Amber's encyclopedia. More lavish treatment is given to various dinner parties where American officers expound fool...more
Barbara VA
I have read many of the Dear America books and I have to say that this is one of my 2 favorites.

Barry Dennenberg has written a story that has not been told so far. This is a non military family that moves to Hawaii just a few short weeks before the bombing. There is life beyond the gates of the air and naval bases. There are families, grocers, book stores, movie theaters, decorations for Christmas to think about, schools, friends, golf and beaches. There is fear of the possibility of war but no...more
This is about a girl that moves often because of the dad job. She doe not like having to move from one city to the next and leaving her friend and missing school, just after getting settled in a city.

This diary starts out in Washington DC, it set in Washington DC until they move to Hawaii. The rest of the book is about her getting use to Oahu, Hawaii her new home. In the book she experiences the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her brother Andy and Amber see Japanese Plane flying over Early Sunday Mornin...more
Give this Dear America book a try. It's about a 12 year old girl who moves to Hawaii and experiences the Pearl Harbor bombing. It you like this book, there is another one about WWII called My Secret War by Mary Pope Osborne. The Dear America series is awesome for a history lover!
Pearl harbor interest me. there's just something about it that draws my attention. All but Amber (in the epilouge) have a tragic ending. instead of giving this book 4 stars, I would give it 3.5 stars.
November 2009 review:

This was not a very good book at all. It was about a girl who moved to Hawaii right before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was tragic and sad, although a true story. I didn’t like it.
Tam Newell
Since our visit to Pearl Harbor, I've been fascinated with the events leading up to and after the attack. This was a great read from a child's perspective.
I thought this book was sad. Amber the girl writing the book, moved Boston, then Washington, Hawaii, then to San Francisco. When Amber grew up, she moved back to Boston. Amber lived in Hawaii at the time when Pearl Habor was attacked by His name was Mr. Poole. He owned a bookstore. One of America's planes bullet's hit Mr. Poole's bookstore and started fire. Mr. Poole had an apartment and he was trapped, and he died. I had to keep reading though. I was almost to the end amyway. Amber said that he...more
Ashley Hanson
Early Sunday Morning
Barry Denenberg

Amber and her family moved around a lot because of her fathers job. They end up moving to Hawaii. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor at that time. Amber and her mother go and help the wounded at the hospital. It was a very scary move for the whole family. I enjoyed this book because it shows a perspective from a little girl who lived through a major tragedy in history. I would recommend this book to people who like to read diaries, I also recommend this book to p...more
Really interesting to read a little bit about the attack at Pearl Harbor from this perspective.
Caroline Petty
I liked this book and many others in the series because they tell about real life accounts from a child's perspective. As you read, you really get a sense of what the time period was like and how the people acted because of it. It would be great to use in a classroom to discuss the effects of WW2 and Pearl Harbor's attack. It also makes us consider different perspectives at a time when so many people were prejudiced against Japanese Americans. As Amber befriends Kame- a Japanese American girl, w...more
Even though I'm Canadian, I wanted to learn about pearl harbour, so I found this book!
I thought that this was a fairly good book. The storyline was intriguing and there were many historical facts about Pearl Harbor to learn from. However, it seemed that the book was short; the font size was made large to cover more pages.

Reading this fictional diary will give you insight of a young girl's life when Pearl Harbor was destroyed. You'll see a little bit about how it could have been after the tragedy... the darkness, the precautions, the rules, and brave families.

I'm glad I took the t...more
great book.
Yessenia Maldonado
This is the journal of twelve year old Amber Billows. She writes about her family's experience in the Pearl Harbor bombing. Her father is a journalist who often has to move to new location with his family and this ime they must move to Hawaii. Soon after their move Pearl Harbor was attacked. We experience along with Amber the fear and precaution everyone was taking in order to prevent another attack.

This was a quick read really enjoyed it made me want to look into getting more information about...more
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