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Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
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Nov 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction

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 plastic surgery. There is also a small storyline about the crew members of teh Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb. The book ends with a discussion of nuclear warefare today and efforts for disarmament. This book is a quick read but its simple language is deceptive. The author gives us easily understood information on atomic bombs, how they work and why they cause so much devastation. A powerful and touching story for all ages/
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