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The Last Cherry Blossom Hardcover – August 2, 2016

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**The Last Cherry Blossom is now a UNITED NATIONS Office of Disarmament Affairs Education Resource for Teachers and Students**
**One of Book Riot's 30 Fascinating Historical Fiction Books for Middle School Readers!** 
 
"Set in the waning days of World War II Hiroshima, this is an extraordinary story with its universal themes of family, life, and love. Young readers will be entranced with the irrepressible Yuriko and her Japanese traditions, and grieve with her when her childhood is torn apart by the unthinkable. The Last Cherry Blossom shows that wherever they are, all children are the victims of war." --Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies
 
"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 friendship--all 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
 
"The Last Cherry Blossom is one of 30 Fascinating Historical Fiction Books For Middle School Readers" - Book Riot, October 2018

About the Author

Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author and the daughter of a Hiroshima survivor. She wrote The Last Cherry Blossom based on her own mother's story of growing up in Hiroshima during World War II. It is through her mother's twelve- years-old eyes that readers witness the atomic bombing of  August 6, 1945. Kathleen lives with her husband and daughter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • Grade level : 5 - 8
  • Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1634506936
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1634506939
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Sky Pony (August 2, 2016)
  • Reading level : 11 - 13 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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