THEODORE TAYLOR (1921-2006), an award-winning author of many books for young people, was particularly known for fast-paced, exciting adventure novels. His books include the bestseller The Cay, Timothy of the Cay, The Bomb, Air Raid--Pearl Harbor!, Ice Drift, The Maldonado Miracle, and The Weirdo, an Edgar Award winner for Best Young Adult Mystery.
Gr 5-8-- An old standard of the World War II genre makes a new appearance with a slight face-lift. Taylor has revised his account of the attack on Pearl Harbor by basically rewriting the first chapter and changing the entire volume from the present tense to a much easier-to-read past tense. Now in paperback, the typeset is a little smaller. The charcoal illustrations of the earlier edition (HarperCollins, 1971; o.p.) have been replaced by three black-and-white maps. The text gives an in-depth look at the conditions of the time, allowing readers to better understand why this event took place. A listing of the key figures and an author's note are appended. Libraries that do not have the original title should give definite consideration to this one. --Eldon Younce, Harper Elem . School, KS
"Taylor has presented a vividly credible account....He recognizes
no national barriers to truth."--The New York Times