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Folding Paper Cranes, An Atomic Memoir

Creator: Leonard Bird | Biography & Autobiography - 2005

Follows a former Marine, who was exposed to high doses of radiation while working at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s and 60s, on his journey to find peace with his past and a future of nuclear proliferation.

Publisher: University of Utah Press

About this book
 Between 1951 and 1962 the Atomic Energy Commission triggered some one hundred atmospheric detonations of nuclear weapons at the Nevada Test Site. U.S. military troops who participated in these tests were exposed to high doses of radiation. Among them was a young Marine named Leonard Bird. In Folding Paper Cranes Bird juxtaposes his devastating experience of those atomic exercises with three visits over his lifetime--one in the 1950s before his Nevada assignment, one in 1981, and one in the early 1990s--to the International Park for World Peace in Hiroshima. Among the monuments to tragedy and hope in Hiroshima's Peace Park stands a statue of Sadako Sasaki holding a crane in her outstretched arms. Sadako was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her city; she was diagnosed with leukemia ten years later. According to popular Japanese belief, folding a thousand paper cranes brings good fortune. Sadako spent the last months of her young life folding hundreds of paper cranes. She folded 644 before she died. As he journeys from the Geiger counters, radioactive dust, and mushroom clouds of the Nevada desert to the bronze and ivory memorials for the dead in Japan, Bird--himself a survivor of radiation-induced cancer--seeks to make peace with his past and with a future shadowed by nuclear proliferation. His paper cranes are the poetry and prose of this haunting memoir.  



240 pages

1001 Cranes

Creator: Naomi Hirahara | Juvenile Fiction - 2008-08-12

But when her folding skills improve and her relationships with family and friends grow, Angela is able to cope with her troubles, especially her parents’ impending divorce. From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

About this book
WHEN 12-YEAR-OLD ANGELA Kato arrives in L.A., the last thing she wants to do is spend the entire summer with her grandparents. But in the Kato family, one is never permitted to complain. Grandma Michi and Aunt Janet put Angela to work in their flower shop, folding origami and creating 1001 crane displays for newlyweds. At first, Angela learns the trade begrudgingly. But when her folding skills improve and her relationships with family and friends grow, Angela is able to cope with her troubles, especially her parents’ impending divorce.From the Hardcover edition.



80 pages

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Creator: Eleanor Coerr | Juvenile Fiction - 2004

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

Publisher: Penguin

About this book
 “An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable.” —Booklist, starred review The star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic…until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life—the race against time. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that makes one young woman a heroine in Japan.  "[The] story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world.” —The Horn Book  "The story is told tenderly but with neither a morbid nor a sentimental tone: it is direct and touching."   —BCCB


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