Hunt for the Bamboo Rat is based on a true story of a Japanese American during World War II. Zenji Watanabe, 17, is fluent in both the Japanese and English languages. He is recruited by the Army and sent to Manila undercover as a civilian to gather information on the Japanese in the Philippines. If discovered, he will be executed as a traitor.
Several months after arriving in Manila, Zenji gets news that Pearl Harbor has been bombed. Shortly afterward, the Philippines is also attacked and Zenji is recalled to base where he assists his commanding officer with translations and interrogations. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, the Americans are forced to retreat and eventually surrender. Zenji is captured by the Japanese and faces unbelievable torture at the hand of his captors. Hunt for the Bamboo Rat is an action-packed story of survival and is also an amazing testament to the strength of the human spirit.
This is the fourth book in the Prisoners of the Empire series. (book one - Under the Blood Red Sun) It has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Young Adult Golden Sower Award.