Based on a true story, this World War II novel by Scott
O’Dell Award winner Graham Salisbury tells how Zenji, age seventeen, is sent
from Hawaii to the Philippines to spy on the Japanese.
Zenji Watanabe graduates from high school in Hawaii and is
recruited into the army as a translator because he speaks perfect Japanese. He
is sent to Manila undercover as a civilian to gather information on the
Japanese in the Philippines. If they discover his identity, he’ll be executed
as a traitor. When captured, he maintains that he is an American civilian
despite unthinkable torture. He also survives being lost in the jungle for
months. Zenji’s time behind enemy lines is grueling, and his survival is a
testament to the strength of the human spirit.
This is the fourth book in Graham Salisbury’s highly
acclaimed Prisoners of the Empire series, which began with the award-winning Under the Blood-Red Sun. Download and start listening now!