Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion

by Samantha Seiple
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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple


Few know the story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska during World War II--until now.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545296540
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Samantha Seiple has worked as a competitive intelligence specialist for a Fortune 100 company, professionally as a librarian, is an experienced researcher, and former production editor and copy editor, in addition to being an author. Her education includes a master's degree in library and information science and a bachelor's degree with a double major in English and journalism. She currently resides in San Diego where she is a freelance writer.

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Ghosts in the Fog 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SusanW123 More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cat is out of the bag. The book Ghosts in the Fog, written by Samantha Seiple, tells the story of how the Japanese invaded Alaska during WWII, and wastes no time in revealing so. During the one page preface the secret of a Japanese invasion in Alaska is revealed. Throughout the rest of the book the entire story is told, beginning with the Americans intercepting the message of where the next Japanese attack would be, to the US troops retaking the Aleutian islands. Seiple describes the story from several different points of view starting with the team of weatherman stationed on the Aleuts. The story is told how brutal the Japanese were while treating innocent civilians and how they took over each and every island. The book ended with everyone eventually being able to return home to begin the seal harvest. The primary message of the book, Ghosts in the Fog is to uncover a secret kept by the government and to bring to light the fact that the US government keeps secrets from its citizens. Seiple describes an incredible story that can give people the creeps. The story hits so close to home it can make people question their safety and government. If the government would hide a home invasion, what else could they hide? What else would they hide? Another important message is the life of the Aleutians. There are a people who live on the Aleutian islands who most people don’t even know exist. Their lives are a complete mystery and yet they have been there for thousands of years. The natives are a group of people who seldom have any form of modern technology. They survive on their traditions, using skin boats to hunt seals, construction of their own housing, and building their own fires to cook and keep warm. It is a rather eye opening read where the lives of people completely unknown are revealed to anyone. This book is factual, interesting, and exciting. During some points of the book there are facts or sections that seem unnecessary or unrelated to the invasion, but eventually it is learned that they are in fact very important and provide different points of view. I do like the interesting narrative storytelling writing style. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds WWII intriguing. The book gives a very detailed description of an untold story relating directly to WWII. A perfect book for anyone interested in the WWII era. Overall I would give this book a very good rating. The story is extremely unique and well detailed and interesting.
SusieBSB More than 1 year ago
I have NOT read the book yet but am excited about the opportunity! My dad was stationed in the Aleutians during WWII and his stories of the intense fog and extreme cold, amidst enemy fighting, were a part of my childhood. How well I remember other children telling of "where" their dads had been stationed and when I would say "the Aleutians" they would just look at me like a weirdo... like that was not really a part of the war. So this book looks good to me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book.  I love WWII history and to finally read about something new was great. Seiple does an outstanding job telling the story that very few people actually know anything about.  She follows several different people throughout the story which gives several different views about the events that occurred.  The text jumps around from time to time and can be a little confusing to some. Seiple uses many quotes and pictures in her book which make the text easier to understand and ultimately, more enjoyable. She is very specific with the numbers that she uses and the sources form which she got her information.  Overall, I think this is a great read for anybody who enjoys WWII history and any high school level social studies class.  A must read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good History Lesson for teens to adults. Never knew about it before!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Ghosts in the fog  is a thrilling,And informational book. It gives detailed first hand accounts of chilling combat.Did you know that during wwii alaska was under invasion and inhabited by japan?That is until we got involved. I believe that the us government doesn't want us to know this bit of history. Thay kind of “slid it under the mat”. I would recommend this book to anyone in the range of ages 12 and up depending on your interests. I give this age group because of the detail and the war accounts that do involve death. If you aren't comfortable with war and death then be forewarned. This book isnt exactly politically correct either. I dont care about any of that so I Really enjoyed this book. I was reading this book whenever I could find the time to. If you're into history and excitement,thyn this is the book for you! The history in this book is so detailed that  it even gives dates,times,and planes like the b17 bomber. This is a great book!MarcCHMS14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have 30 planes. Please go to your assigned plane when alarm sounds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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