Twelve-year-old Rosie is fiercely proud to be a Hawaiian American. Her little brother is learning to surf, and Rosie loves running barefoot through their Honolulu neighborhood. Then on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is bombed and everything changes. Rosie’s parents, both of German descent but American citizens who had lived in Hawaii nearly all their lives, are immediately rounded up by the military. Interrogated as German spies, they are imprisoned, and all the family’s possessions are seized.
Within days Rosie and her brother are abandoned and homeless, until their beloved aunt—who was also rounded up but released, comes for them. Once idyllic lives of family and sunshine are filled with darkness and discrimination as the children wait—and hope—for their parents’ safe return.
Vicki Berger Erwin
Sky Pony Press
3 October 2017
5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Vicki Berger Erwin is the author of twenty-six books, including picture books and middle grade, young adult, and adult nonfiction. She admits middle grade with a hint of mystery is her favorite genre. In addition to writing, Vicki also worked in publishing for more than twenty years as a bookstore buyer and publishers’ sales rep before achieving her dream of owning an independent bookstore. She still serves as bookseller emeritus at Main Street Books in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Vicki lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with her writer husband, Jim, and crazy dog, Luna.