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“This brief (and true!) narrative in verse has more to it than most 300-plus paged books. Read by the author herself (does Louis Lowry really need an introduction?), ON THE HORIZON gives a snap shot of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima through the scope of her life as a young girl playing on the beach in Hawaii as the ill-fated USS Arizona passes behind her unnoticed to its berth, to her adulthood at the end of the century, having lived in Tokyo and moved back to the states. This book gives a face to the victims and survivors of both tragedies, expertly illustrates how there are no true winners in war, and shows us that the world is far smaller than we think it is. It is breathtaking and it is perfection.”Conner, BookBar
From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII’s most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima
Lois Lowry looks back at history through a personal lens as she draws from her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan, as well as from historical research, in this stunning work in verse for young listeners.
On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Based on the lives of soldiers at Pearl Harbor and civilians in Hiroshima, On the Horizon contemplates humanity and war through verse that sings with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural divides. This masterful work emphasizes empathy and understanding in search of commonality and friendship, vital lessons for students as well as citizens of today’s world.
In turns haunting, heartbreaking, and uplifting, On the Horizon will remind listeners of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future.
"For a first-time audiobook narrator, Lowry is a natural. Her plain-spoken delivery is entrancing. There's an elegiac cadence to her sentences, and you can hear her smile when she remembers the soft Hawaiian words of her youth." —The New York Times
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