On the horizon

by Lowry, Lois,

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From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII's most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.
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Booklist Review: "Two events in WWII's Pacific theater lead to congruence and awareness in poems composed by Newbery Medal-winning Lowry, which explore Pearl Harbor specifically the sinking of the battleship Arizona and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. What makes the poems special and so relatable for young audiences is how they overlap with Lowry's childhood experiences. As a toddler on Oahu, Hawaii, she played in the sand as the Arizona floated in the background. As a girl living in postwar Japan, she crossed paths with a boy who had witnessed the strike on Hiroshima. These moments, specific to Lowry and the boy who became children's author Allen Say bookend other vivid moments defining the lives of those involved in either tragedy. The story of Captain Kidd and other sailors aboard the battleship is the focus of the first series of poems, mirroring the second section, which covers a Japanese boy and his bicycle, as well as Sadako and her origami cranes. Part three brings Lowry to postwar moments and to the present, when she visits memorials for the Arizona and Hiroshima. Pak's illustrations likewise focus on simple moments, items, and portraits. The effect is deeply felt and emotive, not about sides but about people, and it's sure to lead readers to think deeply on these dual tragedies of war. A must for all collections. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Any new project from two-time Newbery Medal-winner Lowry is big news, and this turn to poetry supported by an author tour is sure to intrigue.--Karen Cruze Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "As a child, two-time Newbery Medalist Lowry lived in Hawaii and Japan, where her father was deployed during and after WWII. Lowry uses that personal lens to view two horrific acts of war: the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan and the atomic destruction of Hiroshima by the U.S. In a slim volume, a variety of poetic forms convey details about people whose lives were lost or forever changed: 37 sets of brothers were aboard the USS Arizona, where 1,177 people died; a four-year-old Japanese boy in Hiroshima was buried with his beloved red tricycle. The book's structure makes the events feel like equivalent tragedies, which may trouble some readers, since both were acts of war, but the U.S. bombed noncombatants. A third section details Lowry's experiences living in postwar Japan; some remembrances lighten the otherwise somber mood, including one surprise about Lowry's childhood encounter with a boy who would also go on to become a luminary in children's literature. Part memoir, part history, this is a powerful reminder that damage done will be remembered for many decades to come. Black-and-white illustrations by Pak have the feeling of vintage photographs. Ages 10--12. Author's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency. (Apr.)■"
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Subjects Lowry, Lois Childhood and youth Juvenile literature
World War, 1939-1945 Casualties Juvenile literature
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 Juvenile literature
World War, 1939-1945 Hawaii Juvenile literature
World War, 1939-1945 Japan Hiroshima-shi Juvenile literature
World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, American Juvenile literature
World War, 1939-1945 Casualties
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
World War, 1939-1945 Hawaii
World War, 1939-1945 Japan Hiroshima-shi
World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, American
Language Arts
Juvenile Nonfiction
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) History Bombardment, 1945 Juvenile literature.
Bombardment, 1945
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group,2020
Books on Tape2020
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Lois Lowry.
Audience Ages: 10-12
Grades: 4-6
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780593151037
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