On the Horizon

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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.---from the publisher

80 pages                                  978-0358129400                          Ages 10-12

Keywords:   memoir, poetry, story in verse, empathy, understanding others, American history, Asian history, war, Japan, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Social Studies Curriculum, World War II, military, weapons

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This book in verse portrays in a moving account the lives lost in two of WWII’s most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.


Lois Lowry draws upon her personal account and her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan. It is obvious there has been a great deal of historical research in this stunning book for young readers. The text combines humanity and war filled with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural differences.

The story is haunting, heartbreaking, as well as uplifting, On the Horizon will remind the reader of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as a vision of hope for our future.
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