On The Horizon By Lois Lowry – Poignant WW2 Nonfiction Set In Japan & Hawaii

Learn more about Hawaii and Japan during WW2 in On The Horizon by Lois Lowry. Find book information, book reviews, and book lists featuring this beautiful children’s military history novel.

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On The Horizon by Lois Lowry Book Information

Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: WW2 Historical Nonfiction | Book Set In Hawaii and Japan | Children’s Military History
Pages: 80
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Original Publication Date: 2020

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On The Horizon By Lois Lowry Summary From The Publisher

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. With evocative black-and-white illustrations by SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Kenard Pak.

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 readers.

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. Kenard Pak’s stunning illustrations depict real-life people, places, and events, making for an incredibly vivid return to our collective past.

In turns haunting, heartbreaking, and uplifting, On the Horizon will remind readers of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future.

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About The Author, Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry grew up loving books, and her father was a career military officer. She has lived all over the U.S. as well as Japan and has written books for both children and young adults. You may best know her from The Giver and Number The Stars, which received Newbery Medals. Read more about Lois Lowry.

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