The Bombing of Pearl Harbor: December 7th.1941

When Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the United States Army in Honolulu in 1941, he isn't expecting war to break out. But soon after he enlists, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and suddenly his fellow Americans see him as the enemy. Even the army doubts his loyalty -- and the loyalty of all the American soldiers of Japanese ancestry.

Eddy and twenty-four other Japanese American soldiers are sent to a remote island on a secret mission, given a terrifying job, and told that only they can do it. On the island, the meanings of duty, patriotism, loyalty and courage are tested in a bizarre world where Eddy is tried in unbelievable ways.


Graham Salisbury

I hope what gives my books their sense of authenticity, other than the natural inculcation of the island physical and cultural landscape, which ends up in my sentences by osmosis, is my use of language. In Hawaii we often speak what we call pidgin English, a kind of tropical patois. For example, in Standard English one would say, "I am going home." In Hawaiian pidgin it would be, "I going home." A simple thing, but over the course of a novel it becomes a bigger thing, a part of a character's being. It resonates. Syntax, too, creates that feeling of authenticity. It comes to me naturally, thank heaven. I don't have to work at it because I simply hear it. If I had to fake it I'd be laughed off the face of the earth. So, growing up in the islands was my gift. My writing is just me spewing it back.
As for the work itself, I'm big on certain issues having to do with boys and growing up. I guess this is so because of my own fractured upbringing. Much of who I am is self-imposed. I am my choices, and I have chosen to walk a certain path. Important to me are such qualities as honesty, friendship, honor, loyalty, integrity, courage, work and passion. Life for anyone is a series of choices, and I hope that fact gets some play in my books. Luckily for me, I have made some good choices. It could have been different. I could have taken pride in the wrong moves, as many boys do. It's cool to be tough. Beating the spit out of someone is good for the rep. It's honorable to attack someone who "disrespects" you by, perhaps, accidentally bumping into you (Hey! You like I broke your face or what?). Right. I could have fallen into that mindset. But I didn't, and I lay all credit to that on one man: James Monroe Taylor, my high school headmaster.
At the end of my sixth grade year my mom saw the light - she kicked my sorry okole out of the house and sent me to boarding school. It was in the middle of Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii, and was the most precious gift she ever could have given me. I loved it. For the first time in my life I had something I really, really, really needed: limits. It was like being at boot camp. Mr. Taylor, as part of his training, took us into his home in small groups and lectured us on the good qualities of life, all that stuff that is now so important to me: friendship, honor, etc. Of course, it was my duty at that time to laugh it off. That fat old man was out of his head. But his words stuck, and because they did, whenever I was presented with a sticky situation I was able to fall back on that foundation and use it to make the better choice. My mother and Mr. Taylor. My hat's off to both of them.

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Internment is the imprisonment or confinement[1] of people, commonly in large groups, without trial. Japanese American Internment Camps:
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Chapter 1- Joanna

Chapter 2- Emily

Chapter 3 - Isabella

Chapter 4 Tanner :)

Chapter 5-Lexxe

Chapter 6-Skyeler Chapter 7 - Isabella

Chapter 8- Tanner

Chapter 9-Joanna

Chapter 10- Emily
Chapter 11- Lexxe
Chapter 12-Skyeler

Chapters 13-17 LexxeChapters 18-22 IsabellaChapters 33-37- Emily-Tanner Chaper 28-32--

Chapters 37-44-SkyeleJoanna Chapters 23-27_