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And Then the Sky Exploded
By (author): David A. Poulsen
9781459736375 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational Japan Oct 22, 2016
$12.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.52 in 208 pages Dundurn
Red Maple Award 2018, Short-listed High Plains Book Award, Young Adult category 2017, Short-listed Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall 2016 Picks 2016, Commended
2018 Red Maple Award — Shortlisted • High Plains Book Award — Shortlisted, Young Adult category
When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends … somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there’s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

But maybe, just maybe … they’re wrong.

  • A ninth-grader learns about the Hibakusha (Japanese atomic-bomb survivors), their struggles, and his own grandfather's role in them
  • A compelling look at the horror of war through the eyes of those who lived it and those who haven’t
  • Story is seen through the eyes of a group of North American teenagers grappling with intense and confusing feelings about the suffering of WWII
  • Author David Poulsen, having researched and written award-winning books about wars in Vietnam and France, creates a well-researched look at the horror of war in Japan and its impact on innocent people
  • Author’s previous book, Old Man, was shortlisted for the Forest of Reading White Pine Award and Numbers was awarded the Sakura Medal (Japan), and was a finalist for the R. Ross Annett Award (Alberta) and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for Young Adult Fiction

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor, who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was shortlisted for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.

? This memorable addition to Hiroshima literature should resonate with readers. - Booklist (starred review)

Yuko’s story and her meeting with Christian are worth reading and can start the conversation with young readers about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. - Kirkus Reviews

Poulsen’s latest is a great read. - Quill & Quire

A compelling story with strong characters whom the reader will find believable as well as likeable. - VOYA Magazine

A great novel to begin the dialogue about nuclear disarmament, the realities of warfare, and the role of the individual in the global village. - Resource Links

A powerful story about forgiveness, healing and coming to terms with the sins of the past. - Canadian Children's Book News

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Old Man David A. Poulsen 9781459705470 $12.99 CAD Jan 26, 2013
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And Then the Sky Exploded Teachers' Guide Catherine Vincent 9781459744134 $0.00 CAD Jul 01, 2018


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