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The Last Paper Crane

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One thousand paper cranes to achieve your heart’s desire.

1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding fl ash as the horrifi c nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys fi nd Hiro’s fi veyear-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 2020 by Hot Key Books
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Louise Beech
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm almost speechless at this book. Almost. But forced to find a few words so I can share my love. This could well already by my book of 2020. The writing is just breathtaking, a mixture of poetry and prose, with gorgeous sketches scattered through as well. Just exquisite. And the story. Oh, the story. It's about the power of books. About a lifetime of guilt. About love and hope. Set in Hiroshima, right after the bomb. Don't miss this one. Just don't.
The Bookish Faerie
The Last Paper Crane is a touching tale inspired by the bombing of Hiroshima. It is beautifully illustrated by Natsko Seki. Written in a simple but heart-wrenching format by Kerry Drewery. This book can be read by people of all ages. It will not fail to tug at your heartstrings and mourn the outcome of brutal measures taken to end the War.

The book has two points of view:
The grandchild – it is written in poetry, pop poetry if you will it. Mizuki is a bookish person thanks to the cultivation of
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Hiroshima, 1945. A promise was made. Decades later we find out whether this promise was fulfilled.

‘The Last Paper Crane’ tackled war differently from other books I’ve read before. Flashbacks to 1945 were told in prose while the present-day was written in a more poetic form.

The writing was surreal. The prose expressed the pain and confusion the main character experienced effectively. On the other hand, the present-day narrative had a sparse display of words which emanated an air of emptiness.
Christina Reid
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves 6 stars or more - absolutely perfect!
I was really excited to read this, but enjoyed it even more than I had anticipated. The story starts in modern day Tokyo, with the teenage granddaughter's perspective written in verse, which I felt was really effective at showing her thoughts and feelings as her gandfather's story begins to unfold.
He is carrying the weight of guilt from one decision he made as a teenager, in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and,
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly moving and gripping story about the power of hope, love and kindness. I just want to hug the characters hard and tell them they’re the best kind of people. When history meets the present, can stories help to heal many years of guilt? Just beautiful.
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Kerry lives in Lincolnshire between the countryside and the sea. She has a first class honours degree in Professional Writing, has worked for BookStart, and been a finalist in a BBC Scriptwriting for children competition. She's a proud member of Author Allsorts and The Prime Writers.

Apart from the sensible stuff, Kerry likes to run, bike and swim, and has previously spent 12 hours running over the