Happy Friday! Are you ready for the long weekend? (And have you checked out enough books to take to the cabin?)
Congratulations to Kristen A. (@hermyoni), who’s won The Giant by Lex Thomas. Kristen, please send your address to email@example.com so we can get your book in the mail.
Today, September 2, is the anniversary of the end of World War II, and we’re giving away a copy of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson. Plenty of books have been written for young people about World War II and its aftermath, but a large number of those books focus on the war in Europe. Sachiko presents the experiences of a Japanese family during and after the war, and it examines how the war continued to affect Sachiko Yasui in the decades that followed.
August 9, 1945, began like any other day for six-year-old Sachiko. Her country was at war, she didn’t have enough to eat. At 11:01 a.m., she was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded just half a mile away.
In the days and months that followed, Sachiko lost family members, her hair fell out, she woke screaming in the night. When she was finally well enough to start school, other children bullied her. Through it all, she sought to understand what had happened, finding strength in the writings of Helen Keller, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Based on extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. Sachiko offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II—and their aftermath.
For more information on how Caren wrote Sachiko
(and for lots of pictures!), you can read a Q&A with Caren here
If you’d like a chance to win Sachiko
please leave a comment on this post or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your first and last name. Or, tweet this line:
Tweet for a chance to win SACHIKO: A NAGASAKI BOMB SURVIVOR’S STORY from @LernerBooks. bit.ly/1OrSN
US entries only, please. We’ll announce the winner on the blog on Friday, September 9.