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GHOSTS IN THE FOG is the first narrative nonfiction book for young adults to tell the riveting story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska during World War II. This fascinating little-known piece of American history is told from the point of view of the American civilians who were captured and taken prisoner, along with the American and Japanese soldiers who ...
GHOSTS IN THE FOG is the first narrative nonfiction book for young adults to tell the riveting story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska during World War II. This fascinating little-known piece of American history is told from the point of view of the American civilians who were captured and taken prisoner, along with the American and Japanese soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of hand-to-hand combat during the war. Complete with more than 80 photographs throughout and first person accounts of this extraordinary event, GHOSTS IN THE FOG is sure to become a must-read for anyone interested in World War II and a perfect tie-in for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
A little-known story from World War II shows the unique role played by a small group of military personal and native civilians in a remote region of the county.
The role of Alaska in World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor is not often told. "Decades after World War II, the U. S. government kept the documents about the Japanese invasion of Alaska classified, and the Americans who were there when it happened didn't want to talk about it." The Pearl Harbor attack left the western coast vulnerable, and the decision-making concerning defense of the Alaska's Aleutian Islands revealed many military, geographic and social issues. Problems included unpredictable foggy weather at a time of limited satellite technology and what to do about the Aleutian islanders, who had never been away from their isolated homes. The story illuminates the cultural differences between the American and Japanese cultures at that time as well as the reluctance of the U.S. government to treat the native Alaskans as full citizens. The narrative is full of details, and there are times when it is difficult to follow all the threads. Fortunately, the text is supported by many photographs of those involved. Maps, including a strategic military map, increase the level of specificity.
An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance. Pair this with Karen Hesse's fictional account, Aleutian Sparrow (2003).(sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)
Posted December 26, 2011
We have been reading this book as a family. We got it at the book fair at school for our 8 year old son. He loves WWII history. My husband and I have been reading it with him, but, I have to say that it is so well written and such an interesting history that I would read it all on my own. Our daughter who is 10 has heard bits and pieces of the story along the way. She told me the other day that she can't wait until her brother is finished so she can read it on her own since is sounds like such an interesting story. While, she an avid reader she usually like the fantasy books, so it certainly says something that she captivated by a WWII history book. Definitely a great read.
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Posted May 31, 2013
my 10 yr old loved it. read after the 'The Boy Who Dared'. together were both good for advanced young readers.
he's now quite interested in WWII - knew little about it before