Under the Broken Sky

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Natsu is twelve and lives with her father and younger sister on a tiny farm in a small village in Manchuria. It is deep in World War II, and this little village is Japanese while surrounding villages are populated by the Chinese, Russians, and others, Manchuria having been settled by many nations. Natsu’s father is conscripted into the Japanese army, leaving the girls on their own with only an old aunty in the village to watch over them. Soon, everyone is driven from the village and must make a harrowing journey to a city where the girls lose the aunty to illness and face starvation. Natsu is forced to sell her sister to a Russian woman. Will she ever get her sister back, find their father, and make their way to Japan?

Author Mariko Nagai has written a story few young people (in fact, few adults) may know about. Her writing in verse is lyrical and beautiful, yet in no way softens the power and pain of this incredible slice of history. This is a terrific way to introduce readers to the story of Manchuria, which will engender research and more reading. This book is not to be missed.


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Author Mariko Nagai
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publish Date 2019-10-15
ISBN 9781250159212
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Issue February 2020
Category Tweens
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