Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Careen Stelson - ESSENTIAL

Stelson, Careen Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, pgs. 113, Carolrhoda Books, 2016.  $19.99.  Language G; Mature Content G; Violence G. 

Beautifully written, this book is written from personal interviews with Sachiko, who was six years old when the atomic bomb explodes in Nagasaki, just ½ a mile away.  At almost the heart of the hypocenter, Sachiko is one of the few children to survive.  She tells of the harrowing story of her family’s journey out of Nagasaki and the sorrow following the deaths in her family.  Sachiko has to fight to find her voice and her experiences were too raw to speak about until 50 years after the bombing.  When Sachiko began to speak out, she did so as an advocate for peace, taking her inspiration from Helen Keller, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.  Her father taught her, “This is the only world we can live in.  Hate only produces hate.”  Interspersed throughout Sachiko’s story are inserts with historical insights.  

This book is a must read.  You will want to write down quotes and copy pages.  This book is a tribute to the human spirit and how people can choose to respond to great personal tragedy with grace and dignity instead of revenge and hatred.

EL, MS, HS - ESSENTIAL.  Michelle in the Middle   

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