On August 6, 1945, everything changed for the people of Hiroshima. Based on true accounts from survivors, this powerful historical novel recounts how an unexpected act of generosity helped the children of Hiroshima's Honkawa Elementary School rebuild their lives and spark a friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States.
A wonderful and powerful book that brought back the most unbelievable and painful memories of my childhood. The main character, Hana-chan, and I share many things, especially her sadness and longing for the mother and sister she lost in the bombing of Hiroshima. But the pain of her loss is beautifully balanced by the stories of the children huddled around a cold stove in their leaky classroom, their friendship and vitality, and the gifts they later receive from America. To this day I remember the colorful American marbles they sent and how badly I wanted some. This story has kept our memories alive again. Despite the terrible events of World War II, a beautiful friendship bloomed between Japan and America. I am certain that this book will contribute to world peace. - Toshimi Ishida, survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, former student of Honkawa Elementary School.
An eloquent tale of the human consequences of the war and shows the undying strength of human love even in the face of hardship and conflict. - Harriet Fulbright, former executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.