Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor diary of Amber Willows by Barry Denenberg, author of several critically acclaimed books for young readers, recounts the horrible experience of the Pearl Harbor attack through the words of Amber Willows. “A day that will live in infamy”, that was how President Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, which was the day of the attack. Set place in Hawaii, the novel provides us a glimpse beyond the gates of the air and naval bases. There are also families, Christmas, schools and friends to think about.
As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, Amber Willows has to move from place to place for many times in her twelve years, but she never really gotten used to having to pack up and move on short notice. When her father announces that the family will be moving to Hawaii, Amber wishes she could be part of a family that didn't have to move so much. Even though she didn't want to move, Amber cannot help loving Hawaii, a beautiful paradise with perfect weather all year long. For the first time, she feels pleased and comfortable at her new home. But a terrible event soon took place a few months after. Amber is extremely horrified when the beauty and peace of her tropical home are shattered early in the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, a day that will never be forgotten. The Pearl Harbor attack, which plunged the United States into World War II, has happened. Amber watches her world literally explode in flames. She tells of her mother and herself spending time at the hospital helping the wounded and dying soldiers in the overcrowded hospital. She also tells about the precautions taken after like having to black out their windows and stay home after dark. She tells about the military rounding up the Japanese Americans for questioning and taking them to internment camps. She and her father also experienced loss of a dear friend, Mr. Poole. Luckily, her family is able to evacuate to a safer place, which is San Francisco. She is...
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