Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
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Recounts the bombing of Hiroshima and its people's struggles to survive despite death and devastation as seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old Japanese girl. By the author of The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes.

About Laurence Yep

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Laurence Yep, born in 1948 in San Francisco, is a well-known writer of fiction for young adults. He has also written and edited several works for adults. Yep was educated at Marquette University and holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Yep is Chinese American. He grew up in a black neighborhood in San Francisco, attended school in Chinatown, and later attended a predominately white high school. Much of the subject matter for his work comes out of his experiences trying to establish his own identity as a child and teenager. He writes about the experience of the "outsider" or "alien" and perhaps that is why his first writing was science fiction. Sweetwater, his first novel, was published in 1973 and is a work of science fiction. His second work Dragonwings published in 1975 is widely acclaimed. This is a work of historical fiction that deals with the Chinese American experience of the 1930's when many immigrants came to this country. Yep has gone on to write many other stories about Chinese Americans. He has also written mysteries, two of which have as the main character Mark Twain as a reporter in San Francisco. Yep has written fantasy works such as Shadow Lord and Kind Hearts and Gentle Monsters. Yep has won numerous awards for his work included a Book-of-the-Month-Club Writing Fellowship in 1970, the prestigious Newbery Medal Honor Book, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award several times.
Published May 1, 1995 by Scholastic. 56 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Mixing tenses and cutting back and forth between the Enola Gay's flight and the activities of two Hiroshima teenagers, Riko and Sachi, Yep sets the scene in very general terms, describes the bomb's immediate and lingering devastation, then closes with quick looks at the Cold War, Sadako Sasaki's ...

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Caught by surprise, many ships and planes were wrecked at the naval base, Pearl Harbor."" Yet in what is one of his tale's most haunting moments, Yep interjects the resonant words of an American-the Enola Gay's copilot-who, surveying the destruction just after the bomb has hit Hiroshima, scribble...

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