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Yuriko is happy growing up in Hiroshima when it’s just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and where Japan stands is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden from its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and air raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bombs hit Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror.This is a story that offers young readers insight into how children lived during the war, while also introducing them to Japanese culture. Based loosely on author Kathy Burkinshaw’s mother’s first-hand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima,The Last Cherry Blossom hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding readers that the enemy” in any war is often not so different from ourselves.For middle grade readers, ages 8 to 12, this is an important historical fiction book that will teach kids about what it was like to live through the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kids start learning about WWII in elementary school but fiction about this time has not been published recently. This will fill an important gap for kids. It's also based on the life of the author's mother, who survived the bombing. Details are honest but age-appropriately given. This is perfect for any classroom or library.
Number of Pages: 233
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Kathleen Burkinshaw
Street Date: August 2, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-1776
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