Two books which it seemed appropriate to save for this year’s commemoration – both of them not to be missed.
Kokoda: Younger Readers edition – Peter FitzSimons
OCT 25, 2016 | 9780734417435 | RRP $14.99
Imprint: Lothian Children’s Books
Journalist Peter FitzSimons has proven himself as Australia’s top non-fiction writer, consistently leading bestseller lists. The original edition of Kokoda was described as ‘engrossing narrative’ (Sydney Morning Herald) and its success with the audience spoke for itself.
In some inspired publishing, this edition has been produced for young adult/teen readers and will be a valuable addition to any library, particularly in the study of Modern History and Australia/Asia relations.
In 1942 young Australian soldiers – so young that many were still teenagers – were confronted by a campaign that was so seemingly impossible that it still beggars belief. Faced with the Imperial Japanese forces these legendary diggers took on some of the wildest and untamed terrain in the world and became a force with which to be reckoned.
Take a look inside here. It is quite simply un-put-downable.
Highly recommended for secondary students from Year 7 upwards.
Sachiko – Caren Stelson
Imprint: Lerner PG – Carolrhoda Books
November 1, 2016
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
No doubt many of us would think we are pretty familiar with the tragic history of the atomic blasting of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. We’ve shared many recounts and also more fictionalised accounts of this terrible time.
This non-fiction totally changed my understanding of this event and its hideous aftermath.
Sachiko Yasui was six years old when Nagasaki was ripped apart on August 9th 1942. In the process her family and their after-life was also torn to shreds.
The clouds parted
Toshi. Aki. Ichiro. They are gone now.
So is Misa.
I nearly died too.
So Sachiko began a talk to primary school children fifty years after the event. Through all her struggles in the intervening years she had kept quiet about her family’s tragedy and the ongoing problems she and her parents faced.
Since that time she has continued to share a message of the importance of peace to schools and groups.
Caren Stelson spent many hours in interviewing Sachiko and researching primary sources to construct what is the most moving history of this disaster I’ve ever experienced.
She has used photographs of both Sachiko and Nagasaki to illustrate the non-fiction narrative as well as including copious references, notes, glossary and more.
Again, this is an important book for the study of modern history but more than that it is a testament to the faith that can endure and salvage a person’s life from circumstances more dire than any of us can imagine.
Highly recommended for readers from around 12 years upwards.