Historical Fiction/kidlit, 1977
Puffin (Penguin), pb, 62 p.
The star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic … until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life – the race against time.This was a very quick read, not surprising since it’s a children’s book and a slim one at that. Even though I basically knew the story beforehand, it was worth reading it to know the version that many people are familiar with. For those that don't know, Sadako is the real-life inspiration for the Children's Peace monument in Hiroshima and the accompanying tradition of making 1000 origami cranes in the name of peace.
Sadako is a great person/character, she’s so full of courage despite her illness. I was a bit disappointed though that Coerr exaggerated the truth to make the story more dramatic, and more emotional. I guess that’s why it is labelled as fiction, “based on a true story”, rather than non-fiction. Despite that it is still a moving story and it is partly thanks to Coerr writing about her in English that has made the story of Sadako so widely known.
My Rating: 3/5
(#21 for 2008)
Some of Sadako's cranes, in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.