Based on a true story . . .

Thirteen-year-old Rose Williams has trouble fitting in. Every time her family moves to a new navy base, she wishes she could be more like her fearless brother, Les, and not her usual shy and practical self.

On the Sunday morning of December 7, 1941, Rose hears the roar of low-flying planes. From her front yard she watches as Japanese aircraft attack the US ships and naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While her dad rushes into battle, Rose and her mother take cover. Les is nowhere to be found.

Later, with the whole island fearing an enemy invasion, Rose is told to stay inside with the doors locked. But when her friend’s Japanese American father is unjustly arrested and a wounded dog shows up on her doorstep, Rose realizes that—scared or not—everyone must be daring in times of war.

Readers, don’t miss the last few pages to learn more about the real Rose Williams.




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Rose Williams finds her bravery when she witnesses the attack on Pearl Harbor and must help a friend in danger.

2018 EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile Fiction

2018 Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest Award

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"The fifth book in Teresa R. Funke's Home-Front Heroes series, War on a Sunday Morning, is a touching and serious story of what happened on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and the days that followed. The author's description of the actual attack witnessed by thirteen-year-old Rose is straightforward, but so powerful it brought tears to my eyes." Pat Stoltey, mystery author

"Through charming characters easy to relate to, War on a Sunday Morning brings an important part of history to life for young readers. Teresa Funke's command of story line keeps us enthralled and moving along the inevitable process of learning that in times of shocking situations we simply have to do what needs to be done. With the series (Home Front Heroes) Teresa is helping a new generation learn about a devastating war they seldom hear discussed. "Lest we forget." So we won't be destined to repeat it." - Nina Adams

"As a grandmother, mother, widow, and an American History major in college, I believe that knowing our past, whether personal history or the history of the world, is critical to developing who we are and what we do: how to make good decisions, to build enduring relationships (with family and friends, especially without "devices"), and to understand and appreciate both similarities and differences. Teresa captured how we should live our lives EVERY DAY through the heart-wrenching experiences of a young girl, who lived the all-consuming costs and consequences of war. Rose was loving, loyal, kind, generous, compassionate, and courageous. Shouldn't those be our goals also? I look forward to reading the other books in Teresa's Home-Front Heroes series, and I hope you will too." - Amazon Reviewer Gram in the Shadows

"I thought this book was good because it made me react. It made me react with emotions. I was sad, and happy at the other times. I liked how the main character liked to sketch. There was a lot of stuff happening in the book that kept me interested and reading to find out what would happen next." - 12-year-old reader Tristan Y.