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Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
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Oct 17, 2011

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bookshelves: children-youth, race-issues

I got this book for Blue but read it first. It's the story of a Hawaiian boy of 13 whose father is interred in the Japanese American camps after Pearl Harbor. His father is a fisherman - Fishermen of Japanese descent in Hawaii were accused of taking fuel out to Japanese fighters. Graham Salisbury won a Scott O'Dell award for this piece of historical fiction and I think it is a great way for a young person to be introduced to the American acts of interring our Japanese citizens during WWII. Although Salisbury looks white, he writes from the perspective of the Japanese American boy and develops a group of kids of different races and grapples with the issues brought up at that time. I think he did an admirable job with our hero and his family and friends, without preaching - just presenting.

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