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The bombing of Pearl Harbour is brought to life through Danny’s eyes; an eleven year old who develops courage, friendship and teamwork while trying to survive this horrible event. The book will appeal to senior primary, intermediate and junior secondary students.
Faction stories are made interesting by drawing on real events and then mixing those events with a fictional slant.
Tarshis hooks you in with an exciting start; however, my preference is action all the way. This story didn’t quite engage me as much as other chapter books that have less than 90 pages.
Extra notes are included at the end of the book including that 7 December 2011 is significant as it was the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour.
If you like faction stories then you can find other titles Tarshis has written on her website. An interview with the author is available on the Pentalk Community.
Review by Fiona
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