This was a great book to read around the 4th of July. It was a good reminder of all of the Americans who have sacrificed for our country. Soldiers and families of soldiers everywhere-thank you.
It also reminded me that terrible things happen in the face of war. Whether carried out by an invading army, or by our own police, or by our own neighbors-wrong is still wrong.
Tomi is a Japanese American boy who lives on Oahu in 1941. He plays baseball with his friend Billy, helps out around the house, plays with his dog Lucky, and tries to keep his crazy grandfather from waving his Japanese flags where the neighbors can see. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tomi's life changes in many ways. He faces discrimination and hardships when his father and grandfather are captured and imprisoned. Tomi becomes more aware of his family's heritage and what it means to uphold the family honor.