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World War II in the Pacific

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC

updated 11/15


Picture Books


Beginning-to-Read Books


3rd - 4th Grade

Borden, Louise ACROSS THE BLUE PACIFIC
A World War II Story
A woman reminisces about her neighbor's son, who was the object of a letter-writing campaign by some fourth-graders when he went away to war in 1943.
2006 unpaged

Polacco, Patricia TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART
A fifteen-year-old soldier in World War II meets a sweet young firl in the Philippines who helps him remember what he is fighting for as he helps her and others of her village avoid starvation and many years later she returns his kindness..
2015 unpaged


5th Grade and UP

Disher, Garry THE DIVINE WIND
A Love Story
On the eve of World War II, an Australian boy and a Japanese-American girl fall in love, but are driven apart by circumstances beyond their control.
2004 153 p.

Mazer, Harry HEROES DON'T RUN
A Novel of the Pacific War
To honor his father who died during the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of Okinawa.
2002 199 p.

Park, Linda Sue WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.
2002 199 p.

Salisbury, Graham UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
1995 246 p.

Salisbury, Graham HOUSE OF THE RED FISH
sequel to: Under the Blood Red Sun
1943. Tomi is hopeful that his grandfather and father will return after being arrested following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
2006 288 p.