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A correspondent for TIME during World War II, John Hersey journeyed to Japan in May 1946 to report on the dropping of the first atomic bomb from the perspective of the residents of Hiroshima.

A correspondent for TIME during World War II, John Hersey journeyed to Japan in May 1946 to report on the dropping of the first atomic bomb from the perspective of the residents of Hiroshima.

"Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima" by Stephen Walker

"Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima" by Stephen Walker

The artist tells her childhood memories of the bombing of Hiroshima, and the aftermath.

The artist tells her childhood memories of the bombing of Hiroshima, and the aftermath.

For twenty-five years young readers have been moved by the telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two years old when the United States dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II; she began having dizzy spells when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1,000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend tells would prompt the gods to make her well again…

For twenty-five years young readers have been moved by the telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two years old when the United States dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II; she began having dizzy spells when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1,000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend tells would prompt the gods to make her well again…

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times).

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times).

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (chapter book):  Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (chapter book): Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.

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