I was excited to read this book because of the premise: a young family living in Honolulu at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombings. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. Starbird relates the story through multiple viewpoints, including a mother and her young daughter. Neither are very observant and even the mother, with a husband in the military, seems surprisingly uninterested in his welfare or that of his comrades.
The young girl is obsessed with a recurring nightmare of a lion that stalks her from a lei shop on the island to the ship that carries them stateside. She has no adult to talk to about her fears, and so they do not become resolved until the end of the book.
I was disappointed with this one. For such an interesting and frightening time, this book was terribly flat.
2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013