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Caren Stelson on NBA Longlist for Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story


CWP alum (MFAC '09) Caren Stelson's debut novel, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story, is on the National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature!


Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
Published by Carolrhoda Books 
Release October 1, 2016
Nonfiction, 144 pages
Ages 10-18 
Order the book: Barnes & Noble or IndieBound.org 

This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.


From the announcement

New York, NY (September 12, 2016)

The National Book Foundation has announced the Longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Finalists will be revealed on October 13. 

The ten titles on the Longlist represent a range of diverse voices and writing styles that address issues such as loneliness, first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children. Sports proved to be a recurring theme with baseball, basketball, baton twirling, and soccer appearing in four titles.

The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 13 and the Winners at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 16 in New York City.

The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. 


PRAISE & reviews for Sachiko 

"This sensitive and well-crafted account of a Nagasaki bomb survivor is an essential addition to World War II biography collections for middle school students.” 
—starred, School Library Journal  

"[A] story of staggering hardship and extraordinary resolve.... Sachiko and her story... are an indelible force. Luminous, enduring, utterly necessary.”
—starred, Booklist 

"[V]ery few [books] focus on the hibakusha, survivors of the bombings, and this important biography notably fills that gap.... An important perspective.”
Kirkus Reviews

"This powerful narrative account of one person finding her voice after insufferable trauma encapsulates a grim era in global history.”
—Publishers Weekly


more ABOUT caren

Caren B. Stelson has written several books. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

Q&A with Author Caren Stelson