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The war declared by President Roosevelt after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, seems remote to fifth-grader John Allan until he finds out that his classmate Rachel thinks he is a spy for the Japanese and wants him deported to another country.The war declared after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, seems remote to fifth-grader John Allan until he finds out that his classmate Rachel thinks he is a spy for the Japanese and wants him deported.
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Grade 4-7-Life on the home front is richly depicted in this touching story in which World War II is the backdrop for a battle between two fifth graders. The story is John Alan Feester's response to the suspicions raised by Rachel Elizabeth Dalton in The Rachel Resistance (Eakin, 2001). In that book, he is new in town, and she suspects him of being a spy responsible for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Set in Apache, OK, John Alan's side of the tale is filled with conflicts with Rachel, his own unhappiness about his mother's leaving the family, and the need to keep the truth about her a secret. A new friend, Simon Green, is instrumental in encouraging a truce between the feuding classmates. The historical background is excellently integrated into the story. A great deal about how Americans at home reacted to and dealt with the war is given here. But on a larger scale, Griffis introduces the prejudice against Japanese Americans as a friend who has moved to California writes to Rachel, John Alan, and Simon about classmates and a teacher who are suddenly forced to leave their homes and go to internment camps. The sadness and worry about the war and the poignant losses in this small town are clearly felt. This is a compelling book, filled with humor, emotion, and well-drawn characters.
Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Book Description Eakin Pr, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1571686940
Book Description Eakin Pr, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111571686940
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