Books by Graham Salisbury

HUNT FOR THE BAMBOO RAT by Graham Salisbury
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A gripping saga of wartime survival. (maps, author's note, glossary, resources) (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
A novel that begins before Pearl Harbor sends a Japanese-American teen on a top-secret mission to the Philippines. Read full book review >
ROCKET RIDE by Graham Salisbury
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Calvin continues to charm. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Calvin Coconut's father schedules a concert in Oahu to promote his popular new album, Rocket Ride, Calvin is nervous and excited to see him for the first time in four years. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT:  KUNG FOOEY by Jacqueline Rogers
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This newest continues to spin a fun and thoughtful yarn. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sixth in a winning series set in Oahu, Hawaii, this latest about 9-year-old Calvin spins a new twist about his struggle with the island bully that will leave readers satisfied with its auspicious, though imperfect, resolution. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 2011

"Rather, it is what keeps readers moving through this nuanced, often very funny and heartfelt story of a boy's growth and understanding of his role in a family made stronger by its willingness to redefine itself. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fifth in the Calvin Coconut series, this fast and engaging read focuses on fourth-grader Calvin, who lives with his mom, little sister and a teenage houseguest, Stella, since his father left the family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A healthy dose of humor, such as Ledward's pet pig that rides with him in the front seat of his jeep, will keep readers engaged. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A school assignment about persuasive writing frames this appealing third offering in a series set on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Light in tone, rich with cultural details and populated by likable characters, this slim volume will appeal to many a young reader. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This second installment about Oahu-dwelling Calvin builds on the engaging story line first introduced in the chapter-book series's debut title, Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet (2008). Read full book review >
CALVIN COCONUT by Graham Salisbury
Released: March 24, 2009

"An auspicious start to a series that is likely to have broad appeal. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Believable, funny characters populate this chronicle of fourth grader Calvin's life on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"A sure-fire literary thriller. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Dylan's Boy Scout troop—eight Scouts and two adult leaders—hikes on the Big Island of Hawaii, down into the beautiful land by the ancient lava flow and the ocean, they must face the grueling heat, wasps, roaches, sharks, wild dogs and rumors of ghosts. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF THE RED FISH by Graham Salisbury
Released: July 25, 2006

"Salisbury's previous work, Eyes of the Emperor (2005), is a fine companion, portraying the experience of Japanese-Americans in the war itself. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A year-and-a-half after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, fear still grips 14-year-old Tomi Nakaji. Read full book review >
EYES OF THE EMPEROR by Graham Salisbury
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"Morally and psychologically complex, historically accurate and unforgettably gripping. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Salisbury chronicles the true story of Hawaiian soldiers of Japanese descent following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >
ISLAND BOYZ by Graham Salisbury
Released: April 9, 2002

"A must for any good collection. (Fiction. 12+)"
Hurricanes, volcanoes, capsized fishing boats in shark-infested waters, cliff-diving in a dangerous ravine, and a mysterious stranger at the Taco Bell are among the thrills in this excellent collection of stories. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DEEP by Graham Salisbury
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"This is a small quibble; as an exploration of one boy's conflicted feelings about fatherhood and his own impending manhood, this novel delivers beautifully. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hero-worship comes face to face with human reality in this coming-of-age tale set in Hawaii. Read full book review >
JUNGLE DOGS by Graham Salisbury
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Salisbury offers readers a rare glimpse of a neighborhood most would never stumble across, but the family's concerns are universal, and the emotional strings are never pulled too tight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A tough Hawaiian neighborhood is the unlikely setting for a 12-year-old boy's conquering of his fears in this exciting and heartwarming novel from Salisbury (Shark Bait, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SHARK BAIT by Graham Salisbury
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Mokes's subsequent remorse is eased by his father's reassuring hug, but the damage is done; Salisbury lets readers draw their own conclusions about the wisdom of sacrificing parental trust for the sake of misguided loyalty. (Fiction. 11-13)"
When his normally quiet Hawaiian town fills up with sailors on shore leave, a naive teenager gets caught in a street brawl and sees his own carelessness with a firearm nearly result in tragedy. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN by Graham Salisbury
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Salisbury evokes historical time and place effortlessly so that the true message of the story—the value of friendship—shines through. (Fiction. 10+)"
Salisbury (Blue Skin of the Sea, 1992) traces the life of Tomikazu Nakaji, a Japanese-American boy in Hawaii, from just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor to immediately following it. Read full book review >
BLUE SKIN OF THE SEA by Graham Salisbury
Released: June 1, 1992

"Ripe with images, the work—its writing, people, style—is tantalizing, well-realized, and mature. (Fiction. 11+)"
Ordinary as waves lapping sand, tempestuous as a stormy sea- -the growing-up years of Sonny Mendoza in Hawaii in the 50's and 60's derive their metaphors from the surrounding sea. Read full book review >