Nine-year-old Nanea may be the youngest in her family, but she still wants to "dip her paddle in" and be useful. She knows she's grown-up enough to help in her grandparents' market. But before she can prove that she's ready for more responsibility, the unthinkable happens: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the naval base where her father works, and America is at war! With friends and family missing, and rumors of more attacks to come, Nanea worries―will life ever be the same again?

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Paperback, 216 pages
Published on August 21, 2017 by American Girl
ISBN-10: 1683370228
ISBN-13: 9781683370222
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  • callie_b
    callie_bWednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:54 am44 starsFeatured
    When I received this book from DOGObooks, I was thrilled to start reading! Nanea Mitchell is a 9-year-old girl who is growing up during the beginning of World War II in Hawaii. Nanea is tired of being called the baby of the family and is determined to prove herself responsible by winning a 'Helping Hand' contest with the help of her 2 best friends, Lily and Donna. But after the attacks by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, where Nanea's dad works, the contest doesn't seem to matter anymore. Lily's father has been taken away, and Donna and her mother might have to leave Hawaii because they are labeled "unnecessary" by the government! Plus, Nanea's beloved puppy is missing! Everything is a mess. Nanea doesn't know what to do besides try to help out as much as she can. But being a kid amidst the war, it will be hard. Will life in Hawaii ever be the same? This book is outstanding! I didn't know too much about Pearl Harbor before reading this book, but now I've learned a lot! This book has humor, adventure, and a twist at the end that will make you want to read the sequel! I recommend this book for kids 8+!
    • animal loverThursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:05 am
      i love the dolls to and the books to 😊😊😊😊😊😊
      • pigloverWednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:18 am
        awesome
        • boomzoom
          boomzoomWednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm55 stars
          I am a huge fan of American Girl books (and dolls of course). I'm going to get this one!
          • SUBSTITUTESunday, August 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm
            WHY ARE THEY SUBSTITUTING KANANI!!! THERE IS ALREADY A HAWAIIAN AMERICAN GIRL DOLL!!! 2011 HAWAIIAN AMERICAN GIRL DOLL!! (Not trying to be rude, I'm just very protective of my precious mini-me...) MY PRECIOUS!!!!
            • mummajeffjunior
              mummajeffjuniorThursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm
              OMG THIS BOOK IS OUTSTANDING
              • mummajeff1
                mummajeff1Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                omg i wish i could have this book so much

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