The Emperor of Any Place

The Emperor of Any Place

eBook - 2015
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When Evan's father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk--a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan's grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying read from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780763674106
0763674109
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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LPL_MiriamW Feb 19, 2016

"The Emperor of Any Place" is a fascinating and compelling read that is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers whether they're interested in realistic family dramas, WWII historic fiction, or tales of ghosts and adventure.

The book is hard to put down whether you're reading about Evan, the recently orphaned 16 year old who is dealing with his grief and struggling to understand his estranged grandfather; or when you're reading about the Japanese soldier who has been marooned to a mysterious and fantastical island in the Pacific. The question that runs through the novel - of how these two stories connect - has a strange but very captivating conclusion that will definitely leave readers thinking.

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SandraLH
Jan 19, 2016

This was my first time reading a novel written by Wynne-Jones. I like his easy-to-read writing style. "The Emperor..." is unique, thought-provoking (could this be real?) cleverly crafted to weave back and forth from present day to a war-torn time and kept my interest. Very nice flow chapter to chapter and realistic, moving character relationships through to the end. So many books have a limp, disappointing ending -- this one did not. I am an adult reader.

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