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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Hunt for the Bamboo Rat;\nCreators:Graham Salisbury;\nInterestLevel:Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:Grades 6-8;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Facing darkness; Forgiveness; Heroism – real and perceived; Will to survive;\nGenre:Children's;\nPoV:Told from perspective of young Nisei man;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:Wartime violence;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Hawaii; the Philippines;\nChronology:1941–46;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Hunt for the Bamboo Rat</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Graham Salisbury</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Wendy Lamb Books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2014</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">325</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/oclc/866615006\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/oclc/866615006</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Hunt for the Bamboo Rat;\nAuthor:Graham Salisbury;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Wendy Lamb Books;\nPubDate:2014;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:325;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/oclc/866615006\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/oclc/866615006</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Young adult novel by Graham Salisbury based on the wartime exploits of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Richard_Sakakida\" title=\"Richard Sakakida\">Richard Sakakida</a>, a <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> intelligence agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps who was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Background_of_Book\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Background of Book</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Historical_Accuracy_and_Response\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Historical Accuracy and Response</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2>\n<p>As the novel begins in the summer of 1941, Zenji Watanabe has just graduated from <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/McKinley_High_School\" title=\"McKinley High School\">McKinley High School</a> and lives with his family in the Pauoa Valley section of Honolulu, while working as a forklift driver. His older brother, Henry, is nineteen and works as a bookkeeper while going to college part time, and his sister Aiko is fifteen. His <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Issei\" title=\"Issei\">Issei</a> mother had immigrated from Okinawa, his father having died in an industrial accident a decade prior. One day, his old ROTC commanding officer from McKinley visits and tells Zenji to report the following morning for a possible job. When he does, Zenji is quizzed in Japanese by visiting officials from Washington, D.C. He returns and takes a series of tests, and is one of the top two scorers on the test. Brought to Fort Shafter, he told that he will be joining the army and doing top-secret translation work in the Philippines. Because he is only seventeen, he needs his mother's permission to enlist, which she grudgingly grants. At a going away party organized by Henry, he meets a young woman named Mina who is the daughter of a family friend, and they immediately hit it off.\n</p><p>Zenji leaves for the Philippines, where he meets the other top scoring Nisei, the wise cracking Freddy Kimura, who grew up in Maui. They are given code names; Zenji is the \"Bamboo Rat,\" Freddy, \"Spider.\" In Manila, they are assigned to blend in with the local population. Zenji ends up at a Japanese hotel where he befriends Japanese businessmen and reports daily to a fake job that allows him to gather more information around the city. He files reports via a hotel mail box and makes surreptitious visits to the local military headquarters. He eventually lands a job at the local Japanese consulate, working for another Nisei, Benny Suzuki. But after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and on Manila, the Americans are forced to vacate. In Bataan, Zenji is given a change to evacuate to Australia, but insists on giving up his seat to Benny, since he has a family. Zenji's unit is eventually surrounded by the Japanese, and surrenders; he becomes a prisoner of the Japanese. As a Japanese American, he comes under particular scrutiny and is tortured. But drawing on determination he didn't know he had, he survives and plots out a way to to escape.\n</p><p>The novel includes a brief author's note in which Salisbury explains that the Zenji, Freddy, and Benny were all based on real people, Richard Sakakida, Arthur Komori, and Clarence Yamagata, respectively. He writes, however, that, \"It is a fictional account of some of his exploits; I invented the characters, the dialogue, and many of the events.\" There is also a glossary of Japanese, Hawaiian, and Ibaloa phrases (he comes across Ibaloa speaking tribesman in a Philippines jungle later in the story), a list of additional resources, and acknowledgements. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Background_of_Book\">Background of Book</span></h2>\n<p>Author Graham Salisbury (1944– ) was born in Philadelphia, but mostly raised in Hawai'i, where his family has long roots going back to the early 1800s. His father, Henry Forester Graham, was a naval officer who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but who was later killed when his plane was shot down in the Pacific on Graham's first birthday. Salisbury grew up on the windward side of O'ahu and also in Kailua-Kona and Kamuela on the Big Island where he boarded at Hawaii Preparatory Academy from the 7th grade. Taken by music at a young age, he pursued a music career in the 1960s, recording as part of the well-known Sunshine Pop band The Millennium and also as a solo artist under the name \"Sandy Salisbury.\" He also worked on a deep-sea fishing boat and as the skipper of a glass-bottom boat. He eventually went on to graduate from California State University, Northridge in 1974 with the intention of becoming a teacher. He cites a reading of Alex Haley's <i>Roots</i> \"which changed my live forever,\" inspiring him to become a reader and eventually a writer. After graduating with an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1990, he published his first novel for young adults, <i>Blue Skin of the Sea</i> (1992) to great acclaim. It set the template for his future books in that it was set in Hawai'i and was a coming of age story with a teen-age boy as protagonist intended for an audience of teenage boys.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p><i>Hunt for the Bamboo Rat</i> is Salisbury's fourth book that focuses on the Japanese American story. His first, <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Under_the_Blood_Red_Sun_(book)\" title=\"Under the Blood Red Sun (book)\">Under the Blood Red Sun</a></i> (1994), about a Nisei teenager in Honolulu in the early part of World War II, gained great acclaim and inspired a sequel, <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/House_of_the_Red_Fish_(book)\" title=\"House of the Red Fish (book)\">House of the Red Fish</a></i> (2006), as well a movie adaptation (2014). Salisbury also wrote <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Eyes_of_the_Emperor_(book)\" title=\"Eyes of the Emperor (book)\">Eyes of the Emperor</a></i> (2005), which, like <i>Bamboo Rat</i>, was based on a real story of Nisei World War II military heroism.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Historical_Accuracy_and_Response\">Historical Accuracy and Response</span></h2>\n<p>Though the story sticks to the Sakakida's real life story in broad outline, Salisbury also makes some key changes. Zenji is a few years younger than Sakakida, likely to create a larger role for Zenji's mother, including the scene in which she has to give her approval for him to enlist at age seventeen. Zenji's family and friends are also made Okinawan, whereas Sakakida's family came from Hiroshima prefecture.\n</p><p>Reviews for <i>Bamboo Rat</i> were uniformly positive, with reviewers citing \"the suspense that he [Salisbury] skillfully develops and resolves,\" calling it \"[f]ast-paced and compelling\" and \"[a] gripping saga of wartime survival.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup> However two reviewers cite what Dean Schneider of <i>Horn Book Magazine</i> calls \"somewhat of a disconnect between the prose style, which is appropriate for younger readers, and the mature content,\" particularly the scenes of torture.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">[3]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Mission_in_Manila:_The_Sakakida_Story_(film)\" title=\"Mission in Manila: The Sakakida Story (film)\">Mission in Manila: The Sakakida Story (film)</a>\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Author website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://grahamsalisbury.com/books/world-war-ii-novels/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://grahamsalisbury.com/books/world-war-ii-novels/</a>.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2>\n<p>Bush, Elizabeth. <i>Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books</i> 68.3 (Nov. 2014): 173–74. [\"Although the dialogue-rich text is accessible to younger readers, the complexity of Zenji’s cat-and-mouse game and the intensity of the torture scenes suggest a more mature audience with some background knowledge of World War II.\"]\n</p><p>Bush, Gail. <i>Booklist</i>, Sept. 15, 2014, 55. [\"Fans of Salisbury's other titles in the Prisoners of the Empire historical fiction series will relish the suspense that he skillfully develops and resolves.\"]\n</p><p>Butler, L. Lee. <i>School Library Journal</i>, Sept. 2014, 131. [\"Fast-paced and compelling, this title will be enjoyed by voracious and reluctant readers.\"]\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/graham-salisbury/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Kirkus</a></i>, Sept. 1, 2014, 115. [\"Written in short, rapid-fire paragraphs that move the plot along at a brisk pace, the story will leave readers spellbound.\"]\n</p>\nSchneider, Dean. <i>Horn Book Magazine</i>, Nov. 1, 2014, 108. [\"There’s somewhat of a disconnect between the prose style, which is appropriate for younger readers, and the mature content.\"]<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Graham Salisbury,\" <i>Contemporary Authors Online</i> (Detroit: Gale, 2009); \"An Interview with Graham Salisbury,\" by Trisha, The Ya Ya Yas blog, May 17, 2007, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://theyayayas.wordpress.com/2007/05/17/an-interview-with-graham-salisbury/\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://theyayayas.wordpress.com/2007/05/17/an-interview-with-graham-salisbury/</a>; Biography from Graham Salisbury website, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://grahamsalisbury.com/about/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://grahamsalisbury.com/about/</a>, all accessed on May 26, 2016. Quote from \"Graham Salisbury,\" <i>Contemporary Authors Online</i>.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Gail Bush, <i>Booklist</i>, Sept. 15, 2014, 55; L. Lee Butler, <i>School Library Journal</i>, Sept. 2014, 131; <i>Kirkus</i>, Sept. 1, 2014, 115, accessed at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/graham-salisbury/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/graham-salisbury/hunt-for-the-bamboo-rat/</a> on July 21, 2016.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Dean Schneider, <i>Horn Book Magazine</i>, Nov. 1, 2014, 108. 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