Under the Blood-Red Sun

Under the Blood-Red Sun

by Graham Salisbury


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Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Tomikazu's world is destroyed when Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese. Tomi's father and grandfather--both born in Japan--are arrested, and Tomi must help his mother and sister survive. It's a terrifying time to be Japanese American. An ALA Notable Book. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A Booklist Editors' Choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440411390
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Series: Prisoners of the Empire Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Graham Salisbury’s family has been in the Hawaiian Islands since the early 1800s. He currently lives with his family in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the award-winning Blue Skin of the Sea and Lord of the Deep.

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Under the Blood-Red Sun 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Under The Blood Red Sun is a great book to read if you enjoy history and the effects of war.The story is about a Japenease American boy and how the bombing of Pearl Harbor changes his life. The book shows how fear can cause predjudices toward inocent people. I am not normally into historical novels, but this one kept my attention. I highly recommend reading this book to find out more about Pearl Harbor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was great. I've never really been interested in this subject before, but this book helped me understand the concept of the bombings at Pearl Harbor. Especially since it came from the perspective of a boy my age. 2 thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book that ever read! I really hope that Graham salisbury makes more books about tomi and billy and even keet. Keep up the work because i will be on a watch out for your books ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was with Tomi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! The book shows what a great friendship is like during Pearl Harbor and World War II. I recommend this book to children through the 4th to 7th grade because the book tells what it was like to live during Pearl Harbor. This book was not only liked, but loved by all the people I recommended it to.
ryann0423 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a Japanese-American boy named Tomi. He is a typical little boy living in Hawaii who likes to play with his friends, that all changes when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. All of a sudden anyone of Japanese descent was looked upon suspiciously. In response his father and grandfather were arrested forcing him into the man of the house role at only 12 years old. His family and him endure many mistreatment simply because they are of Japanese descent. His grandfather had to kill his pigeons, which he loved, because they feared he might use them to send messages to Japan. Tomi was able to get through it because of his good friends that he had. It is a great example of the mistreatment of a race, based off of what the country they don't live in did to the country they currently live in. We have seen this happen with many different races, and in sharing these stories with kids maybe there could be a change. This book would be great for a book report for history. It is also great for a read aloud because it can lead to some great discussion on how we should treat people instead of how we did treat them.
NancyStorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tomi, living in Hawaii in 1941, finds his world turned upside-down when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. His parents and grandparents have immigrated to the United States from Japan and then find themselves confined by the US government. Tomi shares inner feelings and finds support with 8th grade friends and his teammates while working through what he knows and what the world is saying. Great lit circle material.
julie_savage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a Japanese American boy growing up in Hawaii during World War II. It tells of his struggles with friendship, race and family while all around him a war is going on.
ark76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great way to introduce the dark side of the US during WWII. Our own racism and treament of Japanese Americans is portrayed appropriately for older children and young adults. It is a great companion to books for this age group learning about the holocaust (such as Boy in the Striped Pajamas or Anne Frank)as it demonstrates how pervasive racism is and the consequences of it on a society. The central character is a young Japanese American boy living in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The conflict between his heritage and his country and how his family is treated is well portrayed.
alanpan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a desint book about a boy hiding his culture
mitchsar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Scott O¿Dell award winning book was difficult to put down. The perspective of a young Japanese-American boy during the bombing of Pearl Harbor made an intriguing tale. Recommended for middle school to adult (I really liked it!) An epilogue is included to reinforce the historical accuracy of the novel.
chengc28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Under the Blood Red Sun is a historical fiction novel written by author Graham Salisbury. It won the Scott O¿Dell Award for historical fiction and was nominated for a YRCA (youth division) in 1997.The protagonist of the story is a thirteen year old Japanese-American boy named Tomi Nakaji, who lives with his family in early 1940s Hawaii. Tomi, though he is of Japanese descent, is an all-American boy who enjoys hanging out with friends and loves playing baseball. However, everything changes following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As a result of the attack, Japanese-Americans are viewed with suspicion and an executive order is issued for the relocation and internment of all Japanese-Americans. While mass internment as a policy is never pursued in Hawaii like it was in the rest of the country, since the sheer size of the Japanese-American population made it unfeasible, a significant number of adult Japanese-American males were arrested. With the arrest of Tomi¿s father and grandfather, he is suddenly thrust into the role of male provider of the household. Under the Blood Red Sun addresses a variety of complicated themes including racism, ethnic/cultural heritage, and self identity. Thus, even though it is written at a level suitable to be read by a grade 4-8 audience, I think older readers will find the novel just as interesting.
alexkir on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a Japanese boy and his White friend who live in Hawaii. They love the game of baseball and that is everything to these boys. They have a baseball team called the Rats. Then Pearl Harbor happens things start to change. Tomi's father and grandpa are arrested. Even in all this change one thing is certain Tomi will always have the Rat's.I really enjoyed this book way more than I ever thought I would. It really made Pearl Harbor come to life for the people that were there on the island when it happen. I normally don't enjoy history books of any kind so I was very pleased that I enjoyed this one.There are a lot of things you could do with this book in a classroom. I would say this is for the older student. I would probably read this to my class and then have them do a project are report over pearl harbor.
EleanorR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book about a japense boy who is living in Hawaii when Peral Harbor is bombed. It was interesting to read about how much his life changed after the bombing. I liked this book alot.
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I think that this book was very interesting. I never really like to read about wars and history but this book was informative to see how Japanese children felt during world war 2. I like this book because it was not very gruesome as I expect war novels to be.
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kels-enlgish9-Till More than 1 year ago
Under the Blood Red Sun is a book written my Graham Salisbury, an extraordinary author who wrote many books about life in Hawaii during the 1940¿s. This book is about a 13 year old boy, Tomi, whose life changes after Pearl Harbor is hit by a bomb. Before this, he was just a normal third generation Japanese-American who loved playing baseball with his friends on team Rats. One of the reasons that this book was so interesting was because I could relate somewhat to what Tomi was feeling and going through since my grandpa lived during this time, and loves baseball as well. I tried to imagine how my grandpa might be during this time, and he might have been somewhat like Tomi. I also live in Hawaii and liked finding out how it was like before to live here. I liked in this book, Tomi and his friends have to face difficulties and how some kids these days might react the same, or differently as them. Tomi also acted exactly like how kids these days would act too, like when he was busy with sports (baseball) and hanging out with his friends (Rico, Mose and Billy). It¿s interesting to see how kids through the generations don¿t totally change. This makes a good connection to the readers I think, if they are around their teenage years. I like how Tomi demonstrated courage in some parts when his father was in trouble, which made me think about what I would do in that certain situation. It was also a sad book, since Tomi and his family had to go through many hardships like his grandpa getting taken away, but that¿s what made it suspenseful. This book is like a partly true, but partly fiction book. It gives us an idea of what it was like to be a kid back in the 1940s, but it¿s not a completely true story; just a story that could have definitely have been the case for someone back then. That¿s a pretty good thing because you can get creative on what you say and how you write, since it doesn¿t have to be exactly what happened, but still conveys the main idea. Overall this was a very fascinating book to read, and if you are a Japanese-American living in Hawaii who is looking for a book that keeps you anticipating, then it¿s a must read!
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