Book review: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Stelson

Stelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. CarolRhoda Books, 2016. $19.99. 144p. ISBN 978-1-4677-8903-5. Ages 10-14. P8Q10

Only six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown on August 9, 1945, Sachiko Yasui’s survival was even more amazing because she lived lose to the epicenter. Her story, told to a Minnesota librarian who met her, is painful and intimate as Sachiko tells about her family and her rejection from people because of the scars from her radiation sickness. Stelson includes Japan’s part in the war, the lack of need for the United States to drop the bomb, racism during the war years, and the U.S. occupation in Japan in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Verdict: A poignant, sensitive account of a disastrous period of time includes photographs and maps to bring the horror alive to readers. This is a must read, especially during a time when nuclear war is again being seriously considered.

March 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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