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A Boy at War
A Novel of Pearl Harbor

By Harry Mazer

Published: Aug 2001
ISBN: 0060287391
Retail Price: $16.95
Our Net Price: $11.05

Pages: 112
Age Level: 10-14
Grades: 5-7
Lexile: 530

Publisher: Aladdin
Published: Aug 2001
ISBN: 0060287391
Retail Price: $16.95
Our Net Price: $11.05

Awards, Reviews, and Citations:

Arizona Young Reader's Award Nominations 2004
PW Reviews 2002 October #4
School Core - Middle - Level 4 Fiction
School Selection Guide: All Titles K-8 (2003-04)
School Selection Guide: Fiction Titles To Order K-8 (2003-04)
Texas Tayshas High School Reading List 2002-2003

Publisher Synopsis:

"He kept looking up, afraid the planes would come back. The sky was obscured by black smoke.... It was all unreal: the battleships half sunk, the ullet holes in the boat, Davi and Martin in the water."

December 7, 1941: A morning like any other, but the events of this day would leave no one untouched.

On a quiet Sunday morning, while Adam and his friends are fishing near Honolulu, a surprise attack by Japanese bombers destroys the fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Even as Adam struggles to survive the sudden chaos all around him, and as his friends endure the brunt of the attack, a greater concern hangs over his head: Adam's father, a navy lieutenant, was stationed on the USS Arizona when the bombs fell. During the subsequent days Adam -- not yet a man, but no longer a boy -- is caught up in the war as he desperately tries to make sense of what happened to his friends and to find news of his father.

Harry Mazer, whose autobiographical novel, The Last Mission, brought the European side of World War II to vivid life, now turns to the Pacific theater and how the impact of war can alter young lives forever.


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