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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, 64 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1995)
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Apr 14, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Michael Kemp
Jun 17, 2010 Michael Kemp rated it liked it
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
Jan 26, 2010 Avaladez1 rated it liked it
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
Robert Robbins
May 06, 2009 Robert Robbins rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 03, 2015 Caroline rated it it was ok
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
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.
The plot of this book was very s
Nov 16, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
Julie Suzanne
Apr 20, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Jordan rated it did not like it
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.
Emma H.
Nov 01, 2016 Emma H. rated it really liked it
This book is called Hiroshima. It is a story about the effects of the bomb on Hiroshima during World War II... The main character is a twelve year old Japanese girl named Sachi. Sachi would normally be in school, but due to the conditions of this war, they are helping wreck houses and create clear pathways to help prevent the spread of fire if there is a bomb dropped. As the reader you get to see Sachi's point of view, but also you get to see the "bombers" point of view. You are told about ...more
Oct 15, 2016 Tracey rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago and it still remains in my heart today.
Nicole Davis
Mar 18, 2016 Nicole Davis rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Caitlin Lichtenberg
Mar 24, 2015 Caitlin Lichtenberg rated it liked it
Shelves: books-13-25
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 ...more
Holly Squires
Mar 12, 2015 Holly Squires rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Ciara rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 12, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it


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
Sep 14, 2009 Eddy rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Paula Garcia
Jun 02, 2015 Paula Garcia rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Alicia rated it liked it
Very short that I read it in about twenty minutes, it details the few minutes before, during, and after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the pilot of the Enola Gay. Students get some history with a bit of fictionalization with Sachi who is a student watching the skies for any American signs until they actually drop the bomb- though she survives she is burned and becomes a Hiroshima maiden, a girl flown to the US for surgery to help fix the problems that ail her, only to return to Japan ...more
Dallan Tucker
Feb 20, 2014 Dallan Tucker rated it liked it
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
Sandra Strange
This is a novel, but it gives good information. Although this is a novel, with the action of the time when the atom bomb dropped seen through the eyes of a twelve year old girl, the very short book (52 pages) is almost totally nonfiction, with good information on the bomber, the bomb, and its aftermath in the lives of the Japanese who suffered through it. Very short, which makes it very accessible to struggling upper grade readers , but the young female protagonist may turn them away from the ...more
Winmyria Roberts
May 10, 2014 Winmyria Roberts rated it it was amazing
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
Alison Durbin
Mar 25, 2015 Alison Durbin rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 03, 2008 Brandy rated it liked it
I don't know that I'd even call this as long as a novella; at under 5,000 words, it's officially a short story. Whatever it is, it's an identity crisis: part journalistic, part academic, part narrative, none of it blended particularly well. The writing, with its simple language and staccato sentences, is more reminiscent of picture books than the chapter book this wants to be. Not a strong offering to middle-school (or even upper-elementary) WWII lit; try Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes or ...more
Jenny Ma
Yep presents a fictionalized account of the bombing of Hiroshima seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Sachi. The perspectives of Japanese and Americans are equally represented in this book. Thorough research on the topic is evident with numbers of deaths. Yep also included information about the "Hiroshima maidens." 25 Japanese women who were seriously disfigured as a result of the atomic bomb received plastic surgeries from American doctors. Readers in intermediate and upper elementary school ...more
Preston Shewell
Apr 06, 2015 Preston Shewell rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 31, 2008 A. rated it liked it
A unique book that actually follows the model of what novellas started out as in the 16th century and earlier --part fiction, part history-- it's only missing the folklore and almanac qualities of the artform that predates the novel. Form aside, it provides a powerful look at the bombing in a fictional account of that day, then adds powerful non-fiction vignettes on those affected by the boming. Well Worth reading!
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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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