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From the award-winning author of Flygirl comes this powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war, perfect for fans of Salt to the Sea , Lovely War , and Code Name Verity .

Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission. He believes he is ready to die for
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Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Penguin Teen
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Eva
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story. Well written. You can really tell the author did her research. Would reccomend it to teens and adults that like historical fiction!
Kip
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning. Get the tissues ready for this one.
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Taro is born to a middle class family in Japan, and takes to the violin at a very early age. Hana is the daughter of tailors who live in Chiran, on Kyushu. Her father goes off to fight in the war, and her mother is left to carry on with the business. Taro ends up in flight training, like most young men his age in the early 1940s, and eventually ends up at an air base near Hana, destined to be a kamikaze, or tokko, pilot. Hana's school stops teaching, and after
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Ginette Rossi
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eva Grade 6

The novel, "The Blossom and the Firefly" by Sherri L. Smith, expertly encompasses the beauty and terror that comes with hoping. The book is about a love story between kamikaze pilot Taro, and an introspective woman named Hana. I loved the writing in this book as well as the overall heart-breaking story. The novel is set in Japan during World War II, which made me realize that there are more than two sides to a war, and certainly more that two stories. I would recommend this book to
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Don
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Releases in February of 2020, I have read an advance reader copy from the publisher. I requested the ARC after hearing so much about this YA book. My first read by author Sherri Smith, it won’t be my last. Exceptional research, story and character development. Set in Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a body-crash (kamikaze) pilot. Hana was almost killed in a bomb raid. They both believe they are meant to die. Then they find each other. Amazing storytelling.
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Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association
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