Under the Blood-Red Sun

Graham Salisbury


Tomi is an American-Japanese boy. His grandpa and father moved to Hawaii from Japan and their family lives there. Tomi's best friend, Billy, is sometimes called "haole" which means "white boy". Tomi and his friends like baseball and play against a mean group of boys called "The Kaka'ako Boys. One day, Tomi and Billy were playing baseball when they heard loud noises and the ground shook. They saw lots of black smoke and Japanese planes. Tomi's grandpa ran outside and started to wave his Japanese flag. Later that night they buried the flag and all there things from Japan. His father is arrested and his grandpa later gets arrested too because they are Japanese and they assumed they had something to do with it even though they were innocent. Tomi has to learn to take on more responsibilities for his family.


In the book, Tomi has to learn to take on more responsibilities. He has to do the jobs that his father and grandpa did before they got arrested. He can't give up on hoping his grandpa and father will come back. Even though things don't seem to be going right, think positive and never give up.

Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941 more than 350 Japanese's aircrafts attacked the naval base by dropping bombs and launching torpedoes towards U.S. Battleships and cruisers. Within 90 minutes the Japanese sunk four battleships, two destroyers, destroyed 188 aircraft, and damaged even more buildings, ships and airplanes. About 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack and about 1,250 were injured. After they attacked, Japan officially declared war and the next day the United States declared war.


The author of this book is Graham Salisbury. I think he did a really good job incorporating the real event, Bombing of Pearl Harbor, into the book. The book gives you a good idea about what it was like to live a true event like that. The book also tells you that hiding and lying who you really are such as your culture can be really tough. The picture to the left is the author of the book, Graham Salisbury.

Citation and Link

Taylor , Alan. "The Atlantic." The Atlantic. N.p., 11 July 1931. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. <http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/07/world-war-ii-pearl-harbor/100117/>