Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book A National Book Award Longlist Selection Jane Addams Children's Book Award Flora Stieglitz Straus Award A Booklist Editor's Choice “Magnetic and chilling in its Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.7
  • Dewey: 940.54/252244092
  • Copyright: 2016


“Sachiko,” a nonfiction book by Minneapolis writer Caren Stelson, turned up on several 2016 lists, drawing nominations for the National Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award. It’s a slim book with a powerful wallop. Sachiko Yasui was just 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped on… View →


“[A] sensitively crafted account . . . [Yasui’s] tragic tale is full of terror and despair, but hope and peace also loom large . . . . [T]his is a significant addition to the available material.”—The Horn Book Magazine View →


“Sachiko’s account [is] magnetic and chilling in its simplicity. . . . Stelson has created a book that is both personal and universal, both thoroughly researched and real.”—The New York Times View →


“Author Caren Stelson tells Yasui’s story with warmth, sympathy and the vivid details of Yasui’s life before and after the bomb exploded. Filled with powerful archival images, the book also sensitively describes the historical context.”—The Washington Post View →


“[A] story of staggering hardship and extraordinary resolve. . . . Sachiko and her story . . . are an indelible force. Luminous, enduring, utterly necessary.”—starred, Booklist View →


“This sensitive and well-crafted account of a Nagasaki bomb survivor is an essential addition to World War II biography collections for middle school students.”—starred, School Library Journal View →


“This powerful narrative account of one person finding her voice after insufferable trauma encapsulates a grim era in global history.”—Publishers Weekly View →


“[V]ery few [books] focus on the hibakusha, survivors of the bombings, and this important biography notably fills that gap. . . . An important perspective.”—Kirkus Reviews View →