Danny and his mother move from New York to Hawaii right before Pearl Harbor is attacked. What would it be like to live through that part of history?
This book is part of a series by the same author. It is simplistic, with 86 pages, fairly short sentences, and a linear series of events. Although it is not highly literary, the writing is acceptable and appropriate; better than some of the cringe-worthy products sometimes found in non-fiction books for younger readers. Most readers would find it interesting, some would find it highly appealing, and it is easily accessible to reluctant readers in upper grades. The end of the book includes a few pages of questions and answers about Pearl Harbor, including a timeline of the attack and other books on the same topic.
Through a curtain of smoke across the harbor, Danny could see planes pummeling the battleships, flying low, firing their guns, then circling back for another attack." p. 49
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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