Based on a true story . . .
Thirteen-year-old Rose Williams has trouble fitting in. Every time her family moves to a new navy base, she wishes she could be more like her fearless brother, Les, and not her usual shy and practical self.
On the Sunday morning of December 7, 1941, Rose hears the roar of low-flying planes. From her front yard she watches as Japanese aircraft attack the US ships and naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While her dad rushes into battle, Rose and her mother take cover. Les is nowhere to be found.
Later, with the whole island fearing an enemy invasion, Rose is told to stay inside with the doors locked. But when her friend's Japanese American father is unjustly arrested and a wounded dog shows up on her doorstep, Rose realizes that--scared or not--everyone must be daring in times of war.
Readers, don't miss the last few pages to learn more about the real Rose Williams.
About the Author
Teresa R. Funke writes for children and adults. Most of her books and short stories are based on real people and actual events, and many are set in World War II. She says, "I chose V for Victory for my third book in the Home-Front Heroes series because I wanted my readers to see that we all have amazing stories within our own families. All we have to do is ask! I was excited to share a bit of history in this book from my mom's Mexican-American family. The Home-Front Heroes series was created in part to celebrate the World War II contributions of children and adults of various races, creeds, and religions. We have all helped build this wonderful melting pot we call America. Kids too!" Teresa also enjoys teaching new writers as a popular presenter and writers' coach, but what she likes best is spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Colorado. She'd love it if you visited her website at www.teresafunke.com to submit your own family's stories from World War II or other time periods, or to invite Teresa to speak at your school.
Teresa Funke has done it again! War on a Sunday Morning provides a moving look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the eyes of sensible, lovable Rose. Blending suspense, warmth, and humor, Funke made me care deeply about Rose. Funke captures the era beautifully, while keeping the story engaging for young readers.
Laura Resau, Author of Red Glass and Queen of Water