Sachiko, A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

When Sachiko was six years old, an atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing Sachiko’s little brother and most of her playmates. While her family traveled to a relatively safer place, her brothers suffered and died from the effects of radiation. Radiation also caused many problems for her family (as it did for many others who survived the bomb), notably cancers of the liver, 9781467789035blood and thyroid.

Sachiko survived, and drew strength from reading and learning about Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and after seeing Helen Keller, she too, wanted to make a difference. For a long time she kept silent, working and studying. Now, as an adult, she spreads a message of peace.

Caren Stelson intersperses Sachiko’s story with informative pages on historical events, such as the dropping of the atomic bombs, MLK’s march on Washington, and the study of the effects of radiation in Japan. Sachiko is a well-written, well-researched and important book.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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