Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 4.3
Lexile® Measure: 660L
Guided Reading: S
- Historical Fiction
- Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
- Asian History
- World War II
- Nuclear War
- World War II Aftermath to Today
About This Book
From Newbery Honor award-winning author Laurence Yep comes this boldly written, fictionalized account of the bombing of Hiroshima, seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Sachi. This riveting piece of historical fiction tells the poignant story of a young girl and a city destroyed by war — and healed by the courage to rebuild and survive.
Twelve-year-old Sachi's life is forever changed when the U.S. drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. Sachi's city is destroyed and she later moves to the U.S. to be treated for her devastating injuries. As a backdrop to Sachi's story, Yep chronicles the development of nuclear weapons, the actual attack and aftermath, the politics of the nuclear arms race, and the anti-nuclear movement. The text is factual, but easy to read and fascinating.
Readers ages nine to 13 will be captivated by the story of humankind's most feared weapon, its impact on Japanese society, the nation's of the world, and the efforts to control its use. Thoughtful class discussions are sure to follow.