Eyes of the Emperor

Eyes of the Emperor

by Graham Salisbury
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Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury

Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy—even the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers.

Then the army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi. Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do. Eddy’s going to help train attack dogs. He’s going to be the bait.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385729710
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/09/2005
Series: Prisoners of the Empire Series
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Graham Salisbury is the author of several novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Eyes of the Emperor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eyes of the Emperor was an ok book. Some things I liked about it were that it took the side of the Japanese-Americans and saw thins through their eyes. Normal World War II books don’t look at this side of the war. Unlike normal war books which only go through the battles, this book lets us get to know the characters. Eddy in the book showed what some of the Japanese-Americans went through to prove their loyalty to America. Having to make the dogs hate you by hitting them and intentionally having dogs chase you and hunt you down must have been very hard for them. Over all it was an ok book some parts bored me and that’s why I give it 3 stars. I recommend this book only to people who really want to read it and are interested in the Japanese-American side of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Appropriate for the age group. Read in one day!
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Great book!
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Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but I think it was kind of sad at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it was really good! Read it!!!!!!
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If you loved Under the Blood Red Sun, you'll find this one just as good. I really enjoyed the emotion of the book. I felt what the characters were feeling, and the description made me understand why they were feeling that way. I totally felt their frustration with racism, stereotypes, and lack of respect. The climax of the story was amazing. The struggle and hardships earned Japanese Americans, in the U.S. army, respect from Americans all over the nation. The plot was interesting as well, reading it I kept wishing that it was non-fiction. This book gives a very strong feel of family, friendship, respect and loyalty. The whole book is very powerful and extremely moving. The ending is abrupt, but it seems to fit the book. Overall it was a good book. Great for anyone who likes historical fiction, down to earth emotions and understanding of family and what it really means to people. NKF
DemetriusJ More than 1 year ago
The book "Eyes of the Emperor," by Graham Salisbury was an okay book. It wasn't bad, but it was not a book that would really catch my interest. The book is not like your typical war book that just focuses on the war and battles; it mainly focuses on the Japanese American soldiers and their struggles in the U. S Army. There is not really that much action taking place in it like other war books would usually have, but their were times in the book where their would be mystery and suspense, which would make you be kind of anxious to see what was going to happen next. An example was when they Japanese soldiers were out patrolling an area in complete darkness and Eddy the main character and another soldier heard sounds, but couldn't see anything so they fired their rifles into the dark. When day came they found out it was a cow they shot not another person like they were scared they did. If I would recommend this book to anyone I souls recommend it to people who like reading books about social issues and war.
LukeD More than 1 year ago
The Book Eyes of the Emperor was not as great of a book as I expected it to be. I really wish there was a lot more detail. There were good parts in the book such as boat fires but when those kind of things did happen, there was not much detail. There was maybe like a page at the most for details of major. They also abused animals and you don't do that kind of stuff. I think the author of this book does not have the strength to write about real life events
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PRG13 More than 1 year ago
The book Eyes of the Emperor was an average book, not a great book. It was a book that takes place around the time of World War II. Eddy, the main character, is of Japanese descent and wants to be an American soldier, but because the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were not trusted. He was able to become a soldier, but Eddy has to face an incredibly hard job on the island where he works. He trains attack dogs and is sometimes injured himself. The book is about his struggle to become a trusted soldier and be allowed to fight in the war. Some parts of the book are very interesting and suspenseful, but other parts are slow and boring to read. A lot of the story is about the day-to-day struggles that seem to repeat themselves and aren't all that entertaining to read. I enjoy a more action-packed or suspenseful story that keeps you turning the page.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I didn't want to put it down at some points because I wanted to know what happened next. Some parts were not so great because there wasn't a lot of action. The book had some very interesting ways on how what some Americans thought of American-Japanese especially the ones living on Hawaii. Many of them weren't trusted because of their decent. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys WWII books or any other war books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of the book that I have read is called Eyes of the Emperor, written by Graham Salisbury. Salisbury¿s¿ purpose for writing this particular story was to honor those who were faced with racial discrimination but were still Americans during World War Two, like the Japanese ancestry. His goal was to prove that all human beings are equal and deserve the same amount of respect. Even though he wrote this book about the Japanese, who were discriminated for there heritage during the war, he was trying to show that discrimination still occurs today. For instance, when the U.S. went to war with Iraq many Muslim-Americans were discriminated for their appearances. The author¿s main targeted age group is teenagers, because we are still developing a sense of character. In order to have well-rounded citizens, the young adults will have to be shown what not to do. The narrator, an American soldier, believes that everyone is equal regardless of their ancestry or how they look. The point put across was that they were all human beings. We share the same basic necessities in life, and in order to coexist there must be fairness to all. It was imperative that Eddy Okubo is the narrator of the story because he is easily relatable in many ways. Throughout the book you grow to feel the way he does, trying to make a change in prejudice, and trying to prove that everyone deserves the same treatment. The interpretation of Eddy¿s time period by the author was very accurate. Once the Japanese had waged war upon the U.S., the American view of Japanese-Americans changed to fear and mistrust. The book is very accurate to actual events during the war. There were no parts in this book that were unbelievable mainly because of its historical basis. The character that I connected with the most was the main character Eddy because we are the same age. We are also the same in the way that he was thought down on by his father for wishing to serve his country. My father shunned me as soon as he heard that I was enlisting. But Eddy¿s lucky in the sense that his father forgave him and ended up giving him respect. The other connections that I made with this character were his different reactions to situations in the book which were similar to mine if I was in those positions. Salisbury¿s goal was to honor the Japanese-Americans who fought during the war. They were selected to perform degrading tasks based on their looks and smells, but overcame valiantly against their obstacles. His success for this book was contributed by the real stories from the original men who had worked on the island training the k-9 units for different objectives. The movie that I think is most similar is ¿Glory.¿ I think this because of the discrimination that the freed slaves endured during the Civil War. The significance of the title Eyes of The Emperor is a symbol of the honor and respect, which the Japanese uphold within themselves, like their ancestors had done before them which was their ancient customs of respect that was required by the emperor of Japan. I would have to recommend this book to Ms. Rogal, my teacher, because she is a history buff and this books basis is historical events. I found this book to be rather engaging because of the main characters experiences which caused you to feel everything that he experiences. I strongly agree with the theme of this book, that every person deserves to be treated equally. I liked the ending but wished that it was continued to explain the story further, so I would be able to find out what happens next. I would give this book a rating of five out of five. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ¿Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart Americanism is not and never was a matter of rave or ancestry.¿