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

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On the heels of the much-anticipated movie "Pearl Harbor", acclaimed author Barry Dennenberg has written a moving story of one girl's devasting expenrience at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor, on the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii, was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy at approximately 8:00 A.M., Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. The surprise attack involved a striking force of 353 Japanese aircraft. Nineteen U.S. ships, including five battleships, and about 150 U.S ...

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Overview

On the heels of the much-anticipated movie "Pearl Harbor", acclaimed author Barry Dennenberg has written a moving story of one girl's devasting expenrience at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor, on the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii, was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy at approximately 8:00 A.M., Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. The surprise attack involved a striking force of 353 Japanese aircraft. Nineteen U.S. ships, including five battleships, and about 150 U.S planes were destroyed; more than 2,300 soldiers, sailors and civilians were killed. President Roosevelt declared that it was "a day that will live in infamy." On December 8, Congress declared a state of war with Japan; three days later Germany and Italy declared was on the United States.

In her diary, twelve-year-old Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780439445757
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2001

    New Dear America book on Pearl Harbor.

    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. But even though she didn't want to move, Amber can't help loving Hawaii, a beautiful paradise with perfect weather year round. But it's the fall of 1941, and although many people in the United States are isolationists, opposed to entering the war, soon the country may not have a choice. Amber is horrified when the beauty and peace of her tropical home are shattered early in the morning of December 7, 1941, a day that will never be forgotten. Although this was not the best Dear America book, and was rather short, I would still recommend it to all fans of the series.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I thought that this was a fairly good book. The storyline was in

    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 time to read the story.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Early sunday Morning:The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows

    This book is about a girl named Amber Billows who lives in Washington D.C. Because Amber`s dad is a journalist his jobs forces him and his family to move. This time the Billows have to move to Hawaii. At first Amber and her older brother Andy don`t like the sound of it, but then as they move in they meet people like Mr.Poole who are great characters. Then one "Early Sunday Morning" Pearl harbor is attacked by the Japenese.Fanilly that is all over Amber Moves to San Fransico and once again start a new life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Another great Dear America book!

    Meet Amber Billows.


    Her dad recently got a new job and the family of four-soon It'll be five!-is moving again! Amber's dad is a reporter, now he's gotten assigned to write about somewhere else-Hawaii! So, Amber's family must move to Honolulu,Hawaii. They will also be near the famous naval base, Pearl Harbor.


    At first, it's hard adjusting to a new school. She moves about every two years or so. Then she makes friends with a pretty Japanese-American, Kame Aruta. The two quickly become great friends.

    But there is talk about the Japanese attacking Pearl Harbor. No one believes that until it acually happens. Chaos begins to rage all over Hawaii. What will Amber do?? read to find out!


    I enjoyed this book a lot. A great book thats based on a real event in history, te attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S into WW2 (World war II). Another great Dear America book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Really Good

    This book was really good and i really learned a lot about Pearl Harbor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Read the Early sunday Morning

    I chose this book because I thought it was a good because it talke about Pearl Harbor it was sad book how all people died in Japan at PearlHarbor it sad book because father died in that war and husband died in the war in PearlHarbor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    Wow

    a story of hope truth and diversity action and sadness all packed into one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Great Book!

    I thought this was the greatest book. It moves you when you read about how the japenese bommed pearl harbor, hawaii. The book is about a girl who moves alot and she moves to Hawaii and loves it untill pearl harbor. I read this book in 1 day and it was so hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    I WASN`T FORCED

    I HAD TO PICK A BOOK FOR AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT IN SCHOOL. I GRABBED THIS BOOK FROM THE SCHOOL LIBRARY, DIDNT THINK I'D LIKE IT.. I WAS PRETTY MUCH FORCED TO READ IT! BECAUSE I ONLY HAD A DAY OR TWO TO READ IT AND FINISH THE PROJECT. BUT THIS BOOK WAS REALLY GOOD. I REALLY ENJOYED IT MUCH MORE THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD OF. SO YEAH, ANY1 WHO IS WANTING TO FIND A GREAT WAR NOVEL- READ THIS! :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    One Of The Best

    I think this is probably one of the best Dear America books I have ever read. It was sad, but interesting at the same time. I read it at least three times. I reccomend this book to everyone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    GOOD

    ¿When daddy tapped his water glass last night and announced, (In his usual, upbeat fashion) that he has ¿exciting news for the entire Billows family¿ ( he always refers to us as ¿ the Billows family!¿ as if we were one of his favorite radio shows }, everyone knew what was coming next. We might as well start packing !¿ Imangie it. Your 13 years old, moving from city to city, state to state, and having to worry about making friends along the way. Well, thaws what Amber Billows had to do. Expect, this was one of the sadest times in the United Sates, when the war went to Pearl Harbor. What would you do in this situation? Amber wasn¿t haven't the best time going to a differnerenet places every couple of months, and she had to leave one of her bestfriends behind. In Hawaii she met a new friend that helped her out in many different ways then anyone ever did. Her family and Amber were just starting to feel at home when the bomb hit. Take ride with Amber Billows and her family and go through what she did. Feel the emotions she felt, and read this book. I would recommend this book for anyone up to 21 years of age. It lets you get inside one girls life and everything that happened to her. It changes your opinions on some things and gives you a stronger grasp on what it would feel like if you were in Hawaii during the war. Some of it, when you think about it, leaves you with no breath. Take a chance, and read this book and feel what I felt. Paige Jones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    A Great Dear America Book

    I think this was a great book. It is sad, but I still liked it. I love how these books are written like the character's diary. This seies is the best!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    Awesome Book

    The diary is written just as any other twelve year old girl would have written her diary. It has a scense of humor in it. But it also reminds you of how horrible December 7 was. For me, it made me want to learn more about World War Two and Pearl Harbor.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Great Book!!

    I have REALLY enjoyed this book! This is my first Dear America book i read. You will enjoy it a lot!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Amazing

    Early Sunday Morning is a very good book on Pearl Harbor. It is sad yet thrilling.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    Early Sunday Moring Is Very Thrilling

    I really got into this book within 10 pages. I even finished it in one night.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Couldn't have told it better

    This was one of my favorite Dear America books. I don't know how I would have gotten through that harrible day when Pearl Harbor was attacked. This book made me sad though and reminded me of Sept. 11th.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    an awesome example of the nationally known tragedy

    I think this book is an awesome display of one of the most known peices of history ever.The book makes us feel lucky that we were not living in honolulu at that time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    Wonderful

    I loved it. It was so detailed about the attack and I love how these books are so educational and I must say Amber Billows is quite spunky! But I think the epilouge was the only one that I was disappointed with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    The greatest book Dear America has ever written

    THis is outstanding and if u love to read i highly recommend this it will have u craving for more.

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