Title: The Attacks on Pearl HarborThe Attack on Pearl Harbor
Author: Allison Lassieur
Pages: 112
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

This volume is subtitled ‘An Interactive History Adventure’. That is a very sophisticated name for the ‘Choose your own Adventure’ genre. Not sure what that is? Let me explain.

A setting is chosen, in this case Pearl Harbor. Several different ‘story paths’ are presented – in this case the choice to be a U.S. Navy nurse, a U. S. Navy sailor, or a Japanese pilot. Once you choose your ‘story path’ you encounter different scenarios between which you must choose – as a nurse, will you stay at the field hospitals and wait for wounded men to be brought to you, or will you help with the wounded on the docks? As a Japanese pilot, will you bomb the harbor, or the hangars? Your choices will determine whether you live or die!

There are nineteen different endings that can be reached, depending upon what choices you make. In some of them, you live. In others, your plane crashes or you go down with your ship.

Because it covered so many different lines, The Attack on Pearl Harbor was not thorough – it included few historical details – but it did bring forcibly to mind the consequences of foolish choices. It made me realize just how much (humanly speaking) hangs upon the decisions we make – even as to whether we will live or die. The Attack on Pearl Harbor showed what it would have been like making decisions in the heat of the moment when no one really knew what was going on or knew the day’s outcome.

The inside of the book was very pretty – it was not ornate, but it was detailed. The pages were a light brown in color (giving an antiquated look) and lots of pictures and realistic illustrations were included.

Conclusion. Not my first choice as a historical resource, but still good. If you enjoy the ‘Interactive History’ genre, you may also enjoy The Titanic.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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