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The Last Cherry Blossom Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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"This moving story of a young girl who survives the atomic bombing of Hiroshima is a compelling testament to the enduring power of the human spirit." Leza Lowitz, author of Up From the Sea
"A fascinating look at World War II and its tragic conclusion from the point of view of a Japanese girl as she struggles to come to terms with love, loss, and what it means to honor one's heritage and family." Randall Platt, author of Incommunicado
"The Last Cherry Blossom is even more than a gripping story about the horrors of war. It also illustrates the emotional trauma caused by family secrets and lies, the universality of adolescent anxiety, and the sustaining power of friendshipall in a really good read." Elaine Wolf, author of Camp
"Past and future come into unbearable collision in this spellbinding evocation of Japan during the final years of World War Two, which is told through the eyes of an observant twelve-year-old growing up in Hiroshima. A heartbreaking exploration of tradition, family ties and the utter horror of nuclear war, The Last Cherry Blossom is a timely reminder that we forget the reality of total warfare at our peril." Lydia Syson, author of That Burning Summer
"Kathleen Burkinshaw’s graceful, clean style is a joy to read, and this story, a beautiful tribute to the life of her mother, is one that every young person should read." Lisa Williams Kline, author of Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award
Told with reverence and authenticity, Yuriko's journey is inspired by the author's mother's real-life experiences growing up in Hiroshima and surviving that tragic day on Aug. 6, 1945. Tragedy and hope collide in this promising middle-grade debut.” Kirkus Reviews
The eventual bombing of Hiroshima proves nightmarishly horrifying, and readers will readily empathize with Yuriko’s losses and will to survive.” Publishers Weekly
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I am glad that Kathleen Burkinshaw's Mother survived and shared her experience with her and that Kathleen wrote it in story form for us to learn to appreciate the wonder of the last cherry blossom.
I chose my readalouds (for my fifth grade classes) based on genre, and TLCB is a for sure historical fiction go-to.
Beautifully told. Authors notes in the back provide insight and a ‘where to go from here’ if you are pushed to action!
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Yuriko is a twelve-year-old girl living in Hiroshima.Read more