All of a Sudden and Forever
Help and Healing after the Oklahoma City Bombing
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Category||Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||40|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF053210, JNF025210, JNF053030|
|Dimensions||9.25 x 11|
|Guided Reading Level||S|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews|
The Horn Book Magazine
“[A] sensitive and sober examination of the Oklahoma City bombing.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“This ultimately triumphant work of nonfiction reverently pays tribute to the memory of those whose lives were forever changed by this tragedy.”—Booklist
School Library Journal
“[A] sensitively written and thoughtfully illustrated resource.”—starred, School Library Journal
“An affecting story of loss . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
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.
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.