HIROSHIMA DREAMS by Kelly Easton

HIROSHIMA DREAMS

Age Range: 9 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

Lin is extraordinarily shy but forms a bond with Obaachan, her Japanese grandmother, who comes to live with Lin’s multi-racial family in New England. In three parts, Lin’s first-person narration spans kindergarten to fifth grade to high school, steeping the reader in Lin’s present and subtly drawing out the details of her family and school life: finally making friends, sharing a room with her extroverted older sister, observing the strained relationship between her mother and Obaachan. Lin’s bond with Obaachan centers around the two’s “special sight,” which is handled very naturally, without sensationalizing. Underlying Lin’s narrative is her curiosity about Obaachan, who was present at the bombing of Hiroshima, and who is now dying very slowly. Neither of these things is spoken of in the family, yet clearly they define everyone’s relationships. Lin’s observations of her family drawn between two cultures—with very different ways of seeing the world and speaking about it—has appeal for a remarkably wide range of ages, especially fans of An Na’s A Step from Heaven (2001) or Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira (2004). (Fiction. 9-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-525-47821-8
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




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