East Wind, Rain – by Caroline Paul (2006)

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Imagine that you live on a small Pacific Island during World War II, and that your island has no contact with the outside world. Then imagine that a one-man Japanese fighter plane crashes on your island. You are one of only three people who are of Japanese descent and speak the language. The pilot tells you that Japan is at war with your country, the island will soon be invaded, and you need to cooperate with him.

It did indeed happen. A Japanese Zero plane crash-landed on the privately owned island of Niihua, shocking all 130 inhabitants, most of whom were native Hawaiians. The islanders captured the pilot, and waited for Mr. Robinson, the owner of the island, to come and figure out what to do with him. As the days went by, Mr. Robinson did not come and the people became increasingly distressed. Only the three Japanese islanders knew the truth, and they found themselves torn between their loyalty to the United States, and their desire to save themselves from death when and if the Japanese invaded..

The author did a powerful job of taking these facts and adding dialogue and personality to the people of Niihua island. The book is definitely more fact than fiction. The only thing that I found odd about the book was that the author chose not to use any quotation marks, just small dashes at the beginning of dialogue. But if you want a book that is really different from your average fiction, and you enjoy history, this is your book. Look for it at your favorite public library or bookstore, making sure you have the right author, as there are multiple books with the same title.

 

 

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