2016 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature

Caren Stelson

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story Caren B. Stelson
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
(Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group)
ISBN: 978-1467789035

National Book Foundation: Who did you write this book for?
Caren Stelson: The first time I heard Sachiko Yasui share her experience surviving the Nagasaki atomic bomb at the age of six, I was stunned. I had never heard anyone speak of surviving the atomic bomb. I knew then I wanted to write her story for young people in America. Sachiko’s narrative is one of devastation and loss, but the soul of her story is resilience, courage, hope, and possibility. For years Sachiko pondered how her harrowing experience surviving nuclear war might serve a new generation. By telling her story, Sachiko found her answer and her purpose. Her greatest hope is to inspire young people to find the courage to face their own life challenges and become a force for peace in the world.


This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath. 

About the Author

Caren B. Stelson has written several books. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.


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