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Aug 04, 2015
| ISBN 9781782690276
| Middle Grade (8-12)
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Aug 04, 2015 | ISBN 9781782690276 | Middle Grade (8-12)
A whale falls in love with a military submarine, and dies courting her; a mother caught in a fire following a bombing gives all her body’s water to save her son, and her desiccated form turns into a kite; a wolf rescues a sick child abandoned by her parents, only to die himself at the hand of men. However, bunkers can also become real homes, a small Japanese girl and an American POW briefly understand each other and a miraculous tree feeds starving children… This is war, no doubt, but told by someone who understands how children truly experience war and its aftermath – the bombings and parents’ deaths, the life of orphans who roam the streets, the starvation and blind violence in a society beyond destruction. Akiyuki Nosaka remembers what it was like to be a child caught in war-torn Japan in 1945, and he retells his experiences in this collection of powerful and beautifully expressive stories for children.
‘One can only be shaken by these cruel and magnificent tales, which are also the most eloquent plea for peace imaginable’ - L’Express
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