A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning
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The bestselling author of "Snow Bound" presents a poignant depiction of the events of December 7, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Adam Pelko watches as Japanese fighter planes attack and sink most of America's Pacific fleet, including the "Arizona"--his father's ship.

Author Biography

Harry Mazer is the author of many books for young readers, including The Wild Kid, The Dog in the Freezer, The Island Keeper, and Snow Bound. His books have won numerous honors, including Horn Book Honor List and American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults citations. He lives in Jamesville, New York, and New York City.

Of the genesis of A Boy at War, Harry Mazer writes: "World War II was my war. It began for the United States with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I was a kid then, but I remember the excitement. The war was real the way my team, the New York Yankees, and their archrival, the Brooklyn Dodgers, were real, something to read about, bigger and more important than the boring stuff of ordinary life. Every day there was fresh news: battles to read about, places to locate on the globe, new words to sound out, and maps to pore over, the attacks and counterattacks marked with thick, curving arrows. I had no sense of the human cost of these battles. More than anything, I envied and admired the older guys from the neighborhood, home on leave in their crisp new uniforms. My greatest fear was that the war would end before I was old enough to take part."

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