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Hiroshima by Laurence Yep [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]

HiroshimaTwo sisters, Riko and Sachi, are on their way to school when the U.S. B-29 bomber named Enola Gay drops the first atom bomb at 8:15 a.m. on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. History is changed forever. Yep brings to life the terror and shock of the initial blast, its horrific aftermath for the survivors, while providing a vivid historical context to the atom bomb catastrophe.

An effective combination of informative narrative and human tragedy that provides a disturbing, necessary overview of this unprecedented event. Although written for younger audiences, this thin novella is so dense with history that it makes for important reading for adults, as well.

Review: “Asian American Titles,” What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature, Gale Research, 1997

Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult

Published: 1995


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