Ghosts in the Fog

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The Untold Story of Alaska’s WW2 Invasion


On June 7, 1942 , Japan invaded Alaska. On June 10, 1942, the U.S. Navy denied it happened.
The Japanese invasion and occupation of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska was shrouded in secrecy. Because of this secrecy, one of the bloodiest and deadliest hand-to-hand combat battles between the United States and Japan was virtually forgotten. This is the story they didn’t want you to know.

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Junior Library Guild Selection
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Nominee
2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
2013-2014 Lamplighter Award Nominee
2013 – 2014 North Carolina Battle of the Books

“I thought this book was fantastic…The narrative of this work is so well executed and many readers will probably forget that they are reading nonfiction. Seiple weaves personal stories with historical facts to create an engaging tale of hardship and courage. She also drops clues and foreshadows things to come that will keep the reader turning the pages…I highly recommend this book.”
– Lindsey Lobner, Mackin Educational Resources

“Samantha Seiple has done an amazing job of researching a little known battlefront in World War II, the Aleutian Islands… Ms. Seiple has brought us a treasure.”
– Library Media Connection

“This nonfiction narrative tells a story that’s totally unknown to most people, one that’s so fascinating parents will be tempted to take the book right out of their child’s hands!..In a clear, you-are-there style…Ghosts in the Fog is a gripping look at an obscure part of American history.”
– BookPage

“Just when you thought everything that could be written about the major battles of World War II had been, along comes Ghosts in the Fog…her book will be a revelation for many readers… Ghosts in the Fog provides riveting descriptions and insights into the only World War II land battle in the Pacific waged on incorporated U.S. territory.”
—Steve Fisher, retired Marine officer and combat veteran, North County Times

“Her narrative presents a coherent overview…Best of all, she does this in an engaging style that holds the reader’s attention to the final page…Ghosts in the Fog is a well-written history that is aimed at teens but will interest adults as well.”
– Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

” The personal accounts and historical details are an important part of American history that needs to be told and shared…Highly recommended.”
– SWON Libraries; ROYAL review

“The well-written text reads easily, focusing on various individuals and military units and the feats they performed. The cooperation of the native Aleuts is well documented…The text is liberally illustrated with black-and-white images.”
– School Library Journal

“An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance.”
– Kirkus

“This is a well-researched and incredibly detailed narrative nonfiction book that honors the memory of those who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion.”

“This meticulously researched look at Japan’s secret and oft-forgotten invasion of the Aleutian Islands…will find an attentive audience…The book weaves numerous firsthand accounts with the surprising events. Seiple also gives careful consideration to the Aleut’s evacuation, mistreatment during the war, and eventual restitution.”
– Booklist