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Hiroshima (Autora galardonada dos veces con el premio Newbery Honor Book)

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Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Scholastic en espanol
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Laura
Apr 14, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, wwii, read-in-2015, 4-star
Despite its brevity (49 pages, plus the afterword and bibliography), this novella is emotional, compelling and educational. It explains the events of August 6, 1945, when the United States from the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The language is simple and easy to understand. A perfect introduction for young readers, though the subject matter is understandably very sad. It may be difficult for children to understand and deal with. Though, as an adult, it was still the case f ...more
Michael Kemp
Laurence Yep gives a very interesting, real and informative look into the August 6, 1945 events. The book begins giving a background of the war and the development of nuclear weapons.

Simultaneously, the reader follows the life of Sachi and her little sister, Riko. When the first bomber passes over the city to check the weather to make sure that Hiroshima would be a good target, Sachi telles her sister to cover her head with the coat that she has. They are relieved to find that nothing happened a
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Avaladez1
ww2 books are my favorite i have told everyone before. But this is the most tragic book i have read. In this story lies a little village named Hiroshima. The stories main characters are 2 young girls who are attacked by the americans atom bomb. the city was left in rubble and ash. The streets were paved with fire, and the reek of burning bodies was floating in the air.
The reason I chose this book was to learn more about the atomic attacks. I considered the Germans lucky that we didnt strick th
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Caroline
Jun 03, 2015 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, I picked it up to read for historical fiction, it was short and easy and told about the awful bomb being dropped.
Austin Krause
May 17, 2016 Austin Krause rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I really did not like this book. It was very short and really only took me a little more than a half hour to finish it. I feel that if I were to read another book about this or other historical events, it would need to be a bit more than a children's book for me to actually get anything out of it. Again, this was a children's book and it did not have nearly enough good information for me to get anything out of it's extremely short sentences.
Plot:
The plot of this book was very s
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Robert Robbins
May 06, 2009 Robert Robbins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is good. it shows the things that the people on hiroshima went through in that horrific bombing. this book may be small but it is very good.
Chris
Nov 16, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an account of the dropping of the 1st atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August, 1945 told from the persepctive of Sachi, a 12 year old Japanese girl, and resident of Hiroshima. Sachi is outside with her school group when the bomp explodes. Her pitiful air raid hood is no protection for the devastation of this powerful weapon. Sachi survives but is burned and badly disfigured. She hides in her house for 3 years until she is selected as a "Hiroshima Maiden" and travels to the United States for p ...more
Nancy
Feb 07, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian
Published: 1995, Scholastic, Inc.
Age: 8-11
The events of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the aftermath is told through the experiences of a 12 year old girl named Sachi. Though she is fictional she is believable and her story is so horrible it is unforgettable. The novella also touches on the copilot of the Enola Gay who writes the note, “What have we done?” Yep writes in detail about the bomb exploding and what it looked, sounded, felt, and smelled like. Some interesting points were the
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Jordan
Jun 04, 2015 Jordan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very quick read for me, the story didn't focus on one specific event but on multiple. This was a good book to read if you need nonfiction credit. This is not a book I would have picked up on my own. If you need a quick book to receive credit for nonfiction I recommend this book.
Julie Suzanne
Apr 20, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school war buffs with low reading levels
Recommended to Julie by: Scholastic
I don't know if this is classified as fiction, really. It's like a research paper with a small amount of fiction, as there are two girls very briefly characterized who represent some of the children in Hiroshima at the time, but not enough to care about or become attached to them. The rest of it reads like a research paper. Full of interesting facts & details that one wouldn't get from their Social Studies textbook, this book is written in simple sentences at what seems like a 3rd grade leve ...more
Caitlin Lichtenberg
Hiroshima covers a lot of historical information about the atomic bomb that hit Japan during WWII. Although Sachi's character isn't real, she was built from the lives of many children who survived the bomb. This book covers before the bomb, during the tragedy, and the aftermath. You learn about The Hiroshima Maidens, a little about the Cold War, and the what it takes to make an atom bomb. It's not super difficult to read, but the topic allows for a lot of discussion about justice, war, and helpi ...more
Holly Squires
Mar 12, 2015 Holly Squires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
Japan and America are still fighting during WWII. However, on August 6, 1945, Sachi is heading to school with her older sister. Their had been a bomb warning earlier in the day, but everyone assumed the danger had passed. However, the Enola Gay, an American bomber, was on it's way. And it was carrying an atomic bomb. The damage was tremendous. It instantly killed thousands of people as soon as it went off, and the after effects of the bomb caused radiation that continued killing thousands even y ...more
Paula Garcia
Jun 02, 2015 Paula Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro que me lo encontré abandonado en la biblioteca, es un libro muy corto para niños y vaya no se, pero aun siendo para niños me erizó la piel no se como reaccione un niño al leerlo. Es un libro que te ayuda a comprender desde otra perspectiva lo que paso en Hiroshima, nos habla de los pilotos incluso un mensaje de ¿Que hemos Hecho? que escribe un piloto al ver los resultados de la bomba mientras otros grababan y tomaban fotografías, lo que se encontraban haciendo unos niños creyendo que ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 12, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Hiroshima

This is a novella by Lawrence Yep, who has done some very good young adult books on Asian themes.

The author writes briefly about the schoolchildren being made to engage in war-related activities like pulling down homes to make fire breaks. The book describes the dropping of the bomb and its effects, and then talks about the Hiroshima maidens, 25 Japanese women who were badly scarred by the bomb and went to the U.S. for surgery. They were the only ones who did, though, since there was a
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Amber
I must say that before I read this book, I had forgotten about all the issues Japan has had since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on their country because of all the radiation. I think this book, written from the perspective of a Japanese girl in the streets when the bomb hit, gives an interesting look at an event in history that we tend to forget about. This book was also full of many facts, which I found to be very helpful when reading it. I knew very little about this topic in schoo ...more
Winmyria Roberts
Wow!!!!
This book has made it to my top ten list of my favorite book.Hiroshima is another good book to show the children's point of what they went through.Sadako was another really good book I read but it wasn't as informational as this book. I was shocked to learn that in World War Two, Hiroshima children were forced to do what the military should have been doing .For example in the book Hiroshima the girls were forced to take peoples calls of distress and look out for any Americans and the boy
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Dallan Tucker
Feb 20, 2014 Dallan Tucker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-1-12
One of the most devastating events in history was the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. This short story takes a look at the destruction and aftermath of that incident, as seen through the eyes of Sachi.

Since this book is so short, there really isn't much I can say without giving away the plot. Yep does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the bombing and its after effects, and the fact that he uses simple words and sentences adds to the morbid and eerie feeling of a ci
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Alison Durbin
This book has me torn. On the one hand, I feel that this book needs to be read by older students, because it gives them a glimpse into a darker period in our history that needs to never be repeated. On the other hand, the descriptions and details about the effects of the victims may be too graphic for some readers to digest. I would love to use this book in a lesson, and I feel that the message is powerful enough that students would understand the importance of never having history repeat itself ...more
Nicole Davis
Hiroshima is a historical fiction novel during the 2nd World War and the infamous bombing of the city. Histories from three separate individuals and their experiences with being in Hiroshima during that time are compiled into one main plot to form a story about a twelve year old girl named Sachi and her life starting at the morning before the bomb struck while she was at school helping tear down houses to help with the military efforts for Japan, and three years later when she survives her terri ...more
Preston Shewell
Apr 06, 2015 Preston Shewell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-13-25
A historical fiction based tightly on actual events, it lays out in a very declarative manner the events and effects of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I'm not sure why this book was labelled for young adults. I would label it as being more appropriate for 3rd/4th-grade readers. This isn't a story. It's like reading a Wikipedia entry on the actual events. Not incredibly interesting, but at least somewhat informative.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 24, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novella by Lawrence Yep, who has done some very good young adult books on Asian themes


The author writes briefly about the schoolchildren being made to engage in war-related activities like pulling down homes to make fire breaks. The book describes the dropping of the bomb and its effects, and then talks about the Hiroshima maidens, 25 Japanese women who were badly scarred by the bomb and went to the U.S. for surgery. They were the only ones who did, though, since there was a controvers
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Mary Ann
Mar 14, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this short book because it is my school library and I like this author's work. At first, the short choppy sentences bothered me, but as I read, I thought of the students who would be reading it, and decided, due to the content, they might not even notice. There were some details I was not aware of. I'm certain our students will pick up this book and be prepared to share their connection to the text.
Ciara
Sep 14, 2009 Ciara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hiroshima by Laurence Yep tells a fictional story about a young girl named Sachi and her struggle when America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Sachi survived the bombing but her face was destroyed. So she became one of the 25 Hiroshima Maidens (which many people were against) and Sachi then was able to walk down the street without having to hide her face. From reading this book I learned so much. Like till today there are people suffering from that bombing. Every year thousands of people a ...more
Nicole
May 10, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The shortest and easiest book I've read in a long time. Would have liked more detail. It was called a novella, but didn't really feel like a story. Feels more like a presentation of facts that loosely followed a character.

It did mention that the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb, was named after the pilot's mother. I really wonder how she felt about that.
Robyn
Succinct use of words, to the point. On the down side: I did not develop an emotional attachment to any of the characters. On the plus side: the story contained a bit of both sides to the story, which was an interesting twist. It also contained a lot more information and years of aftermath, while I had been only expecting to read of the initial day when the bomb was dropped.
Eddy
Sep 14, 2009 Eddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Laurence Yep's book, Hiroshima, tells about when in 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Japan. This author explain some of the things that happened while the bomb was droped that make me felt panic and scared when i was reading. This book also tells on some of the childrens that survive during that horrible bomb. Some people died right after the bomb was droped and some of them died years ago. Does people that died years ago died because of the radiation that the bomb spread out when i ...more
Turner Pline
Sep 13, 2015 Turner Pline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows 6 different people, and their reactions to the bombing of Hiroshima. On August 6th, 1945 the Americans dropped a single atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. This bomb killed about 100,000 people. I recommend this book to people who like reading about war.
April
Nov 14, 2015 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary
This book is definitely for a younger audience,perhaps 6-8 years old. It's educational and, despite being 23 years old, I even learned a couple things. I highly recommend this novella for elementary students interested in history or for parents / teachers to read to their children. It's a wonderful book for any child to have on their shelf.
Candace Woodward
I think this book would be easy for children to read and understand. It is rather short, but tells the story of what life was like for people during the bombing, and afterwards. I would definitely use this book with students who have difficulties with reading to give them more background information about Hiroshima.
Jenn
This book is quite sad. It talks about the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima during the war. I really like how this informs the reader, but I am not sure I would use it in a classroom. I think it may accentuate violence too much.
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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“Scientists say that if the bombs drop again, no one will win because no one will survive. All life on Earth will end.” 1 likes
“And, as the tiny lights drift into the blackness, the people pray that others around the world will remember Hiroshima and work for world peace.

The atom bomb is too terrible a weapon.

It must not drop again.”
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