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Author: Quinn, Jason
Illustrator: Kumar, Naresh
Publisher: Campfire History Graphic Novels
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9789381182055
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

World War Two: Against the Rising Sun

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Relive World War Two, as it happened in the  East, through the eyes of the servicemen and civilians on both sides of the conflict.
Filled with personal perspectives and accounts of the World War II in the Eastern Hemisphere, this book provides readers with unique eye-witness accounts from Japanese or Americans, as well as others involved in the war.  The humanity, brutality and regret of all involved allows readers to better understand what led to the war between Japan and America, as well as the consequences of war. Famous battles and invasions are recounted, including the Nanking Massacre, Pearl Harbour, Singapore, Burma, Philippines, Midway, Iwo Jima, Peleliu, Guadalcanal, and Hiroshima. A historical timeline of the War in the Pacific is provided at the end of the book, as is a discussion of propaganda and misinformation in the media and by governments.
The vivid, action-packed illustrations in graphic novel format, is balanced with historical photographs, giving authenticity and often a dose of harsh reality to readers of the terrible conflict. Some of the historical photographs are difficult to view, because of their brutality.  The bold graphic illustrations make good use of shadows and light which adds the depths of despair and heights of victory of the war.  
This book is suitable for high school/adult readers because of the mature content and violent images.  It provides excellent examples of multiple perspectives and historical thinking  for Alberta’s high school social studies curriculum.  

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