Janey G. Blue: Pearl Harbor 1941 (American Diaries)

Duey, Kathleen

Published by Topeka Bindery, 2001
ISBN 10: 0613358074 / ISBN 13: 9780613358071
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PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII
DECEMBER, 1941

I just hope the war stays far, far away from us

Janey loves the beautiful trees, delicious fruits, and exotic mix of people on the island of Oahu, where her father has come to work at Hickam Airfield. But she's terribly homesick for her friends back in Kansas -- especially with all the frightening talk about war and rumors of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii. Then, on December 7th, Janey's worst nightmares come true. Japanese bombs and bullets shatter the early morning peace. Fleeing with her mother, brother, and Akiko -- the girl across the street, who barely speaks to her -- Janey is terrified for her father at the airfield. During the long, tense hours of worry and fear, Janey must try to find her courage. Will the war turn everything upside down? Will Janey be scared and lonely forever?

From School Library Journal: Gr 4-8-Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, begins rather normally for Janey and her mother and little brother, except that her father has been called to Hickam Airfield to fix a welding problem. Janey and her family have recently moved from Kansas to Oahu. Everything here is different, but the sixth grader likes her new school. She would also like to be friends with Akiko Fujiwara, who lives across the street, but the family keeps its distance. Then, with the air attack on Pearl Harbor, everything changes. Through Janey, readers experience the terror of the dropping bombs and strafing, and concern over Mr. Blue's whereabouts. Separated from her parents, Akiko goes with the Blues as they search for a place of safety and a way to reunite with Janey's father. The mood of fear and uncertainty is well maintained, and information about the attack is neatly interwoven with the story. Readers also see, though they do not fully understand, how quickly tolerance and acceptance of Japanese-Americans could turn to irrational fear and hatred in the aftermath of the attack. A good historical novel that doesn't seem like a history lesson.

Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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Title: Janey G. Blue: Pearl Harbor 1941 (American ...
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
Publication Date: 2001
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