Twelve-year-old Rosie is fiercely proud to be an American, and has a happy life with her family in their comfortable home in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii.
Then, on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is bombed and everything changes.
Rosie's parents, both of German descent but American citizens who have lived in Hawaii nearly all their lives are immediately rounded up by the military. Though they've done nothing wrong, they are interrogated as German spies and imprisoned, and all the family's possessions are seized. Within days, Rosie and her brother are abandoned and homeless. A relative begrudgingly takes them in until their beloved aunt (who was also rounded up, but released) comes for them. Even then, the children's once-idyllic lives are filled with darkness and discrimination as they can only wait and hope for their parents' safe return.
Based on true events, Different Days tells the story of a little-known aspect of World War II: the Internment of German Americans.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Vicki Berger Erwin is the author of twenty-six books, including picture books and middle grade, young adult, and adult nonfiction. She admits middle grade with a hint of mystery is her favorite genre. In addition to writing, Vicki also worked in publishing for more than twenty years as a bookstore buyer and publishers' sales rep before achieving her dream of owning an independent bookstore. She still serves as bookseller emeritus at Main Street Books in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Vicki lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with her writer husband, Jim, and crazy dog, Luna.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the accuracy of this book! It was based on true things that had happened to a child named Doris Berg and her family in Hawaii. The writing is captivating, and the reader is soon drawn into commiserating with Rosie and her brother Freddie. Everything about the book just feels so real. The Hawaiian beaches, the reactions of kindergarteners, and the blanket of fear felt by everyone. The reader truly feels they are living it all with Rosie and the Schatzer family. Erwin is a master of tearing emotion out of you but somehow keeping your hopes tied together just enough so that you don’t fall apart. The historical accuracy was a refreshing way to learn about a little known aspect that we don’t really hear about – life on Hawaii after Pearl Harbor for people immigrated from countries that had joined the Axis Powers. There is a lot in here that isn’t found in school textbooks. Erwin does a good job of educating readers without sacrificing the story. While Rosie and Freddie certainly go through a lot of troubles in the book, the thing that kind of threw me off a little was that there wasn’t much that they actually solved for themselves. While I guess that this was an accurate portrayal, it got to be disappointing when adult characters just so happened to stop every issue, even if the kids felt the emotional repercussions. I would have liked to see a bit more problem solving in them as they developed more as characters. The story was still absolutely riveting, and I would recommend it to any WWII buff or person looking for a good story. Looking for more from this author! Cover art is wonderful too! Please note I received a free review copy of this book.
DIFFERENT DAYS by Vicki Berger Erwin Lessons from history, to help us not repeat mistakes. I did not know of the internment of German “enemy aliens,” illegal actions against citizens, corrupt theft of property. The solid truth of this fictional account makes it compelling, and the historical notes afterward make it even more so. Rose is a wonderful, strong, honest character, and this book, while labeled YA, is solid and compelling for adult readers as well. I have respect for those who rebuilt after such a blow, determined to make “different days” into good days and put Aloha spirit in the quilt squares.