Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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7.87 X 10.08 X 0.71 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Tanya Lee Stone is best known for telling true stories often missing from our histories. A Sibert Medalist, she has written more than one hundred books, among them the award-winning Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream and Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers. She first learned about the story at the heart of Peace Is a Chain Reaction while writing Courage Has No Color, but found that larger, complex interconnected stories emerged from her research. "I needed to find a way to weave it all together for that legacy to be more widely felt," she says. "Developing a sense of all the people involved, through years of immersive research, slowly brought the story into focus." Tanya Lee Stone is the program director of Champlain College's professional writing program and lives in Vermont.
This nuanced account of major events in the war between the U.S. and Japan during WWII is one of the few offerings that covers the period from beginning to end. . . This full-circle account is applicable across content areas.
--Booklist (starred review)

This book describes events from the perspective of the victims and survivors of the balloon bomb in Oregon, the schoolgirls who made the bombs in Japan, and a young Japanese American's experience in an internment camp. . . . A wonderful selection for nonfiction shelves, this is a compelling narrative of peace and war--but most importantly, redemption.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

An extraordinary story that brings a new perspective to the human toll of war and the capacity for healing.
--Kirkus Reviews

This complicated story includes a large cast of characters, multiple settings, and several shifts in time. It's a credit to Stone that she fashions them into a cohesive, compelling narrative.
--The Horn Book

An under-explored corner of World War II literature that will earn its place in many collections.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books