Friday, January 20, 2017
Sachiko - an audiobook review
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
by Caren Stelson
Read by Katherine Fenton and John Chancer
Dreamscape Media, 2016
The survivors of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings are known as "hibakusha" in Japan. As with all combatants and victims of WWII, their numbers are dwindling; it is important for their stories to be told. Sachiko shared her personal story and that of her family with author Caren Stelson. Despite the horrific circumstances of the bombing, and a lifetime of related hardship, Sachiko remains amazingly positive. Her story is compelling and Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story contains the historical information that young people may need to put her story in context. I highly recommend it.
I reviewed Sachiko for AudioFile Magazine. You can read my entire review here: [http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2016_ypl_stelson_sachiko.html#]
Sachiko was on the National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature,
and has garnered numerous other awards and accolades.