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A Definite Realistic Read 12 Feb 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A good book that I recently read is Under the Blood Red Sun. It is a realistic historical fiction book by Graham Salisbury. It takes place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, before, during, and after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

The story is told from the point-of-view of Tomikazu (Tomi), an innocent Japanese-American boy living near Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack. Then Pearl Harbor is bombed. Tomi must deal with racism, bullies, and cruelty.

Tomikazu is a friendly eighth-grade boy who likes to play baseball, and has consequently formed his own team, The Rats. He is loyal to his friends and will even face the crazy school bully, Keet Wilson, for them.

Billy and The rats are Tomi's best friends, being eighth grade and avid fans of baseball like he is. Billy is the friend that Tomi hangs out with the most. He is The Rat's star pitcher and is kind of shy.

From the very beginning, even before Pearl Harbor was bombed, Keet Wilson, the local bully, is a problem. He is a spoiled brat who can take down even Billy's older brother, Jake. His extremely strict father is Tomi's family's landlord, so they cannot do anything to harm him. However, after the bombing, Keet takes being mean to a whole new level. Keet reports Tomi's father and grandfather to the police, falsely accusing them of being Japanese agents. He also tells the police anything Tomi's family does, exaggerating it so it sounds like they are Japanese supporters. He kills Tomi's father's prize racing pigeons, saying that they are messenger pigeons. He also breaks Tomi's family's clothesline and spoils their water supply.

The book starts out several days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It encompasses some of The Rat's baseball games, and their friendship with another team. Then Pearl Harbor is bombed. Tomi's peaceful life erupts into chaos. Everyone is suspicious of all the Japanese, and there are several lynch mobs. His father is shot in the leg by an American aircraft and taken away when coming back from a harmless fishing trip. Many Japanese are being taken the mainland internment camps, which are places that the U.S. government built so Japanese-Americans would not spy. But what will happen to Tomi's family as the only peaceful world they had ever known is crumbling around them?

The largest theme in the book is teamwork. Tomikazu's baseball team sticks together through Pearl Harbor, other baseball games, and bullies. It is a theme that makes you think teams can pull through anything, which they usually can. Another theme is racism. Tomi struggles through the racism directed at Japanese-Americans by white Americans who feared that they were spies following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

I would recommend this book to anyone ages 11-14. It is a very good book, and deservedly won the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. It is very accurate for that timeframe, and it teaches in an entertaining way. It accurately describes the fear and racism following Pearl Harbor and gives glimpses of life in the internment camps. This book is suited for anyone who wants a realistic historical fiction or a tale with courage and bravery. The author writes this book seriously, staying on topic with very few humorous jokes, although it gives me an almost perfect mindset of where it takes place. It describes almost everything, from the dew on the leaves to the dust on the baseball diamond.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Skeptical at first 18 Sep 2000
By Brittany Karns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this in 5th grade for Battle of the Books. For some reason I was convinced that it was going to be the worst one, and I put it off to read last, but after I read it, I was charmed. This was my favorite book, tied with only one other. This historical fiction is a work or art. It depicts the bombing at Pearl Harbor well, showing how it changed so many lives. My copy is bent from over reading. No one that has taken my advice to read it has been dissapointed. The predjudice against the Japanese-Americans sparked by that bombing was really something that changed America. The main character, Tomi, has to struggle through family problems, as well as broken of friendships and tries to help hold onto any little bit of family herritage left. The rewards of reading this book are large, and I really appreciated it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Under the Blood Red Sun a review by Ben 31 Dec 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Under The Blood Red Sun
Have you ever wanted to read a book with lots of adventure, scary moments, and puzzling events? Well, then I guess Under The Blood Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury, is the right book for you. The protagonist of the story, Tomikazu, faces many challenges, including being discriminated for being Japanese. His family is also Japanese, and they also face many challenges. Will Tomikazu and his friends, the Rats, be able to help the town fight back against the Japanese who bombed Pearl Harbor? Find out as you read this fantastic book!
An event in this novel that I really fancied was when Tomi, Billy. Papa, and Sanji
went fishing in the beautiful and gleaming ocean. When everyone boarded the boat, Billy felt kind of nervous because he had never been on a boat before. However, when the boat arrived at their fishing spot, Billy felt pride instead of nervousness. After that, everyone went fishing, and their fishing poles were huge! Tomi, Papa, and Sanji were catching a lot of fish, but Billy hadn't caught any. Then, all of a sudden, Billy got a gigantic and powerful bite on his line, almost pulling his pole into the water. Will Billy ever catch the monstrous fish at the bottom of the ocean?
Another event in the novel that I thought was really neat was when Tomi, Billy and the Rats played the Caaco Boys. The baseball game started out as a tie, 1-1 to be exact. Towards the end of the game, however, the Rats pulled ahead, making the game 3-1. After that, the Caaco Boys tied t11e game, and their star player hurt one of the Rats players. Who will win the continuous fight for being the team that wins?
The last event in the story that explains the title is when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. The event starts out as Billy and Tomi are playing baseball at Diamond Grass, a sparkling place in the morning. Billy sees rising smoke from Pearl Harbor, and he quickly tells Tomi to get to the tall banyan tree. On top of the tree, the two of them see Pearl Harbor being circled by Japanese fighter planes, with blood-red suns painted on the plane's fuselage. Pearl Harbors' ships are ablaze and the smoke could be seen for miles to stretch. Thus, how the story got its name, for that day many people lost their lives from the Japanese bombing and destroying many ships in Pearl Harbor .
The book, Under The Blood Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury, was really good. This book has a lot of adventure and dangers, and it told me that Japanese people were discriminated because Japanese people had bombed Pearl Harbor. I hope you read this fantastic book and find out about all of the "Secretive events!"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Under the Blood Red Sun 25 Feb 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is definately one of the best World War ll books I have ever read. I do not really like books about history or war but I kind of liked this one. Under the Blood Red Sun is about Tomikazu, a 8th grade Japanese boy, and his Japanese family who live in a small house about the size of a large shed. Tomi's mother works as a maid for their neighbors who live in a mansion-like house. Tomi's father works as a fisherman. They all live in Hawaii next to Pearl Harbor. The only thing Tomi and his best friend Billy can think about is Baseball. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and Tomi's father is sent to Sand Island, his baseball team, the Rats, stick up for Tomi as people attack him and make fun him for being Japanese. Even Tomi's grandpa is taken to Sand Island. Tomi may have to get a job to support his family. Will Tomi be able to survive World War ll. You'll have to read the book to find out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Under the Blood Red Sun 23 May 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is about the attack on Pearl Harbor. This book about a Japenese Boy who lives in the Hawian Islands is jam packed with action. It just pulled me in and I could not stop reading it.

My favorate part of the book was when the Japenese attack and the Americans bring the boys father to a prison camp and the boy risks his life to see him.

I have read many books on pearl harbor and I made a connection that the Americans did keep Japenese men in prison camps.I Would recomend this book to anyone who likes to read about war and exspecially the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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