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The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an internment camp "for their own protection."

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Published June 1st 2013 by Vickie Hall
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Ruth Hill
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is definitely my favorite genre, and this book is a perfect example of why I am enthralled by this genre. When I was in high school, I took advanced U.S. history, and we did cover the WWII period. In our book, there was on paragraph on the internment of Japanese Americans during this war, and I knew it was an injustice to be sure. However, until I picked up this book, I was completely unaware of the depth of oppression these people endured. This book was one of the hardest I h ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Life was pretty good for the Onishi family living in Alameda, California in 1941. Though still both Japanese citizens, father Kenji Onishi had his own successful music store, and mama Aiko looked after the family, while sons Frank and Jeff and daughter Meri, short for America in homage to her parents adopted country, were all in high school.

But the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 changed everything. And it didn't take long for friends to become enemies or for attacks on people of Ja
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Maggie
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I’m a big fan of books set in America during World War II, so I was very eager to read this book. I had never really known the deplorable conditions in the camps that Japanese people residing in America were sent to live it. It’s disgusting to learn that a country that was built by immigrants treated some of them so horribly. While my generation has not done anything like this (and I hope it doesn’t), I remember seeing similar ugly sentiment aimed at people of Middle Eastern descent after 9/11. ...more
Lynelle Clark
I received this book from the Tour Host for an honest review.
The Onishi family, although fictional gave a good glimpse in the lives of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. While the war was fought in Europe, the author focused on the family's life inside the prison camp and how they battled to overcome the tremendous difficult times. Each character portrait hope, loss, depression, honor and loyalty in different scenarios. Each battling with the overall weight of encampment and what it
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
I've been looking forward to reading this book since I signed on for the blog tour. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction. Before reading this book I didn't really know much about the injustice done to the Japanese Americans during WWII other than it happened and it was awful. This book was everything I was hoping it would be. I not only gained a better knowledge of the events but I developed an emotional connection to this event in history. I would really love to do some further readi ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Rising Sun, Falling Star deals with a period of American history that isn't talked about much. (At least in the United States.) During World War II, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, people of Japanese descent were rounded up and taken to camps. They were surrounded by a fence, armed guards making sure that they could not come and go as they pleased. They lost homes and livelihoods. The government said it was for their safety.

The Onishi family were the main characters of the story. It deals wit
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Reviewed originally @Blood,Sweat and Books

Rising Sun, Falling Star is a book that instantly grabbed my attention the moment it crossed my path. I've always been interested in the Japanese Concentration camps and how this part of American History is often overlooked by so many. Before I start my review I would like to say that I've been to Pearl Harbor, I've seen what the Japanese did. Even to this day you can see buildings covered with bullet holes. During a visit to the memorial I myself even
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Rhonda
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 STARS

Before hearing about this book I can only remember hearing about what happened once to the Japan American people. Sadly I really did not understand at all what it was about and what happened to so many innocent people.

This book was hard to read in so many ways. It told what happened to the fictional family Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their three children. Based on what happened to many people. It was hard for me to connect with the characters. I knew it would not be a easy book to read. I
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L_manning
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
December 7, 1941 is a day many American remember as the day that Japanese forces attacked US military bases in Hawaii. For hundreds of thousands of Japanese and people of Japanese descent living in the US, this was the beginning of a horrible nightmare. Soon rounded up like cattle, they were forced to leave almost all of their possessions behind and live in "relocation centers," a polite name for what really amounted to a prison. Through the dark times, the Onishi family will have to depend upon ...more
Cathy
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's December 7, 1941 and for Meri Onishi life is completely normal and happy. She's 15 and she and her best friend Karen are going to church together. What she doesn't realize is that life for her and for her family is going to change in an instant. After news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor gets out, it seems everyone in San Francisco feels that they can be rude to the Japanese living there, even if they are American citizens like Meri and her brothers are. Life becomes very scary, they never k ...more
Shauna
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love most about books is that they can take you to a different time and a different place. And this book does just that in such a heart-wrenching, yet most amazingly wonderful way.

So beautifully written you will relive the time and the place.
You will cry for the people and wonder how this could have ever happened.

You will embrace their journey and make it your own.
And in the end you will pray that something like this will never happen again.

Kenji and Aiko Onishi are living in Califor
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Laurie Carlson
I really wanted to read this book because I wanted to learn the 'why' of this all. We already knew the Germans had Concentration Camps, so WHY would the US do this? To protect the Japanese, the US claimed. Was it really protection, or more horrific for the people who had to live there? I learned it was horrific. I'm ashamed OUR Country did this, and I can ONLY HOPE the US learned this is NOT the way to do things. I know we have learned this is NOT the way to do things because otherwise when a fe ...more
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