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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152061657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152061654
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1946, Taylor (The Cay) served aboard the USS Sumner, part of a naval team that set the stage for post-war atomic and hydrogen-weapons testings near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific-experiences at the crux of this heart-wrenching novel. As Taylor tells it, the Bikini natives live simply in accordance with age-old customs, taking all they need to subsist from the land and the sea. World War II intrudes when Japanese soldiers establish a weather station in their pristine village. Then, when U.S. Marines capture the island in the "Battle" of Bikini (a misnomer, since the Japanese killed themselves rather than be taken prisoner), the islanders hold a celebration. Little do they know that the same government that has liberated them from the hated Japanese will shatter the peace forever, convincing them to vacate their idyllic residence, placing them in the media's invasive, insensitive spotlight and rendering their homeland uninhabitable. Three very real and likable characters-a courageous 14-year-old boy; his outspoken uncle, who after years away returns to the island with insight into modern society; and the island's perceptive schoolteacher-underscore the tragedy. A haunting, soundly researched work. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 6-10?Sorry Rinamu is a teenager who lives on Bikini Atoll. Shortly after the Americans liberate his island in 1944, the Americans decide to use it as a site for atomic testing. With the promise that people could return to their island in two years?and contrary to the objections of Sorry's Uncle Abram, who argues that it would never again be safe to inhabit?the islanders agree to the plan. When Abram dies suddenly, Sorry vows to fulfill his uncle's intention to stop the tests and is joined by several others. But a serious misjudgment leads the young man and his companions to be blown up during the test. Taylor takes readers on an absorbing excursion, offering vivid descriptions, rich details of Micronesian culture, and a poignant contrast between the peaceful tranquility of the Marshall Islands and the industrialized West. The plot moves briskly with the tension of heroic confrontation. Readers will be challenged with the issues of war, the ethics of nuclear weapons, and the destruction of ancient cultures.?Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
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Sorry Rinamu likes where he lives and does not want to leave. He lives on a Western Pacific island . He was born there and he loves it there. When World War II starts everything changes. The Japanese build a weather station on the island and disrupts life. This went on until the Americans invaded and killed the three men inside their barracks. When the Americans take control of the island, they decide to use the tropical island and it's lagoon for an Atom Bomb testing area. His uncle tries to stop them, but dies before he could. Now he wants to stop them. Here are a few examples. He tried to reason with an American general but could not succeed. Then he tries to make them find another island outside of the lagoon, but that didn't work either. When his whole villige was taken to another island he tried despretly to get off it and go back but they still didn't listen. When all options ran out, he thought of this one. He was going to paint a canoe red (like the target ship) He would think that when the bomber would see him they would cancel the test. So when he told the villige he was going only two people waned to go with him. When he got their they didn't see them and the bomb went off. It didn't say in the book what happened after that but it does say " The able bomb has spent it energy and has spewed its poison. It killing has only begun" I think Sorry was brave and he would do any thing to get his home back. I think he is a very determined person and it shows in this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 26, 2005
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On July 1, 1995 the US dropped an atom bomb onto Bikini Atoll for atomic testing after the Second World War. The islanders are forced to leave the island until the land is safe again. This historic fiction, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor, is very powerful and sad and something you should definitely read.

The islanders had always lived peacefully on Bikini Atoll. They spent their time fishing, making copra, and picking coconuts among other things. Until, the war when the Japanese took them captive and used the island for weather stations. The Americans freed the islanders from the Japanese but soon told them they would use the island for atomic tests and the islanders would have to leave for two years. Sorry Rinamu and his Uncle Abram don't believe the American's promise.

Sorry's father had died when he was young so when Sorry was 14 he became the man of the family. He lived with his mother, his sister, his grandparents, and his uncle. Sorry believes the island will be poisoned and they would never return. I really liked him because he was very brave and he would do whatever it takes to save his island even if he was risking his own life.

Uncle Abram was another one of my favorite characters because he traveled around the world in an American merchant ship and escaped to return to Bikini. He was one of the only islanders to go far from the Atolls and the only one who spoke English. Abram is very angry at the US and is Sorry's inspiration to stand up to them.

The author really made you care about his characters and what they believed in. His writing style was very simple and was straight to the point but he really made you feel like you were on the ship leaving your home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
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I believe this book is a very intresting book about how a family is forced by the U.S. goverment to leave their island, Bikini Atoll, because of nuclear testing. The goverment told Sorry and his family they just need to borrow their island for testing and they can come back to their homeland in 2 years. Later on Sorry find out a lot of information about the bomb and all the lies the Navy have told him and his family. He decides to think of a plan to stop the bomb. He does but will it work?
I believe this is a very good about historical fiction. This book won the Scott O'dell award for Historical Fiction. I also believe this is a good book for young readers. If you like a book with many facts and a lot of fiction. Please read The Bomb by Theodore Taylor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By omar on January 20, 2004
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This book starts out with a sixteen year old named Sorry and his family, that live on a samll island called Bikini.When Sorry and his family hear that the U.S is going to use this island as an atomic bomb testing site they dont want to leave and belive that they can stop the U.S. He trys to reason with some of the U.S soldiers but was unsuccessful.The author shows great determination though the character Sorry.The book is very descriptive and shows the reality of droping bombs in an area where humans live.Theodore Taylor's novel is action packed and is definatly worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
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If you like action books you would like "The Bomb." I would recommend it to any age group if you are into actions. It is about a boy and the Americans wanting to use Bikini Island for a bomb test site.
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By A Customer on July 19, 2004
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I recommend this book to anyone who is 10 years and older because this book has facts about the atomic bomb and when they were building it so some of the words are very hard to pronounce. Certain parts of this book are very surprising and exciting, like when Sorry said to everyone, " I am going out to the reef and I am going to catch a shark and bring it back here and show everyone that I am not a little boy any more." While Sorry was trying to spear the shark, it struggled to get away and it dragged him under. He wasn't able to breath, but finally he cut the line and swam to the surface. Another reason I enjoyed the book was that it showed people working together. Abram came on to the island and walked up to Sorry and said, "Tomorrow we are going to the Enyu channel and we are going to hunt down a tiger shark.''
Although they did not catch the shark they worked together to find it. I liked this book because it was fun to read and there was some action.
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Theodore Taylor has written several award-winning books. The Cay won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was also made into a movie.

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