A review by evamadera1
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story, by Caren Stelson


I find myself in the minority when it comes to opinions of this book.
First, I read this book in my quest to finish reading all the books on the nominee list for the South Carolina Librarians Association Young Adult list for the 18-19 school year. (I have read the ones on the Junior list for 18-19 and 19-20 as well as the young adult list for 19-20.)
The young adult list targets books meant for high schoolers. Upon reading this book, I felt like the narrative talked down to the reader. It simplifies far too much and avoids significant details, spanning a lifetime in a few pages.
While I wholeheartedly believe that this story desperately needs to be told, I feel like Stelson did Sachiko's story an injustice with this simplified telling. Many of my middle schoolers would decline to pick up this book because of its simplified nature and this book supposedly targets high schoolers.