Fall Down Seven: A Novel

C. E. Edmonson
WinePress Publishing (2013)
ISBN 9781414124698

Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 16) for Reader Views (7/13)

“Fall Down Seven” by C. E. Edmonson is the story of thirteen-year-old Emiko and her life as a Japanese-American during World War II. Living in Pearl Harbor on the day of the fateful attack, Emiko and her family are thrown into a world of war and discrimination.  On the way to Connecticut to stay with relatives, Emiko was startled by the anti-Japanese hostilities directed toward her family.  They had gone from being Japanese-Americans to simply Japanese, the enemy.

The book was a snapshot of the life of a Japanese-American during World War II.  It described many instances of the anti-Japanese sentiment displayed in the U.S. at that time.  While a majority of Japanese-Americans were forced to live in internment camps, Emiko’s father, a dedicated Navy officer, had procured papers that allowed them to safely travel and live within the country.  Nonetheless, they were still the target of glares and finger guns of young children.  The book went on to describe family life during the war.  The author captured the fear of losing a family member to the war in a very realistic way. 

The writing style was very smooth and pleasant to read.  The characters were well developed and it was easy to identify with them.  Conversations flowed and were engaging; the storyline was consistent.  All in all, this book was a very fun read. 

I would recommend “Fall Down Seven” by C. E. Edmonson to people who like historical fiction.  This was a very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  C. E. Edmonson has written several other historical fiction books that I look forward to reading.

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