Spring 2020

All of a Sudden and Forever

Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A profoundly moving nonfiction picture book about tragedy, hope, and healing from award-winning author Chris Barton.
Sometimes bad things happen, and you have to tell everyone. Sometimes terrible things happen, and everybody knows. On April 19, 1995, something terrible happened in Oklahoma City: a bomb exploded, and people were hurt and killed. But that was not the end of the story. Those who survived—and those who were forever changed—shared their stories and began to heal. Near the site of the bomb blast, an American elm tree began to heal as well. People took care of the tree just as they took care of each other. The tree and its seedlings now offer solace to people around the world grappling with tragedy and loss.
Released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, this book commemorates what was lost and offers hope for the future.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-5415-2669-3
On pre-order until 02/04/2020
$19.99 $14.99
978-1-5415-6098-7
On pre-order until 02/04/2020
$29.99 $22.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2020-02-04
BISACS JNF053210, JNF025210, JNF053030
Dewey 363.325/140976638
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 800
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“An affecting story of loss . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Illustrator: Nicole Xu

Nicole Xu is an illustrator who was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and has worked with numerous newspaper and magazine clients. Her work often explores themes of loss, healing, and empathy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog, and this is her debut picture book. See more of her art at www.nicole-xu.com.

Author: Chris Barton

Chris Barton is the author of acclaimed nonfiction picture books including Dazzle Ships, Whoosh!, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?, and The Day-Glo Brothers, which was awarded a Sibert Honor. Chris lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. Visit his website at www.chrisbarton.info.