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

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Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Tog
Written by Tanya Lee Stone
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ISBN-13: 9780763676865
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Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Tog

author: Tanya Lee Stone
illustrator: Various

Adults wage war, while children are unwitting victims, pulled into a maelstrom of fear and hate without any choice. This is a story about two groups of teenagers on opposite sides of the world, forever connected by an act of war. It is a story about the adults some of those teens became, forever connected by acts of forgiveness, understanding, and peace. And it is a story about one remarkable man, whose heart belonged both to America and Japan, who put that peace and understanding in motion. Panning the camera wide, Tanya Lee Stone lays the global groundwork for the story’s context before zooming in on the lives of the people involved, providing an intimate look at how their changing perspectives impact their actions. Through meticulous research, interviews, and archival photo curation, Stone skillfully weaves all of these stories together, illuminating how, despite the devastating pain and destruction caused by war, peace can be a chain reaction. Extensive back matter includes an author’s note, source notes, bibliography, and index.

From an award-winning author comes a vivid depiction of an act of war from opposing sides of the conflict in World War II—and a rare reconciliation and wish for peace that evolved years later.
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Middle Grade Nonfiction / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
176 / 8" x 10"
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
History; Asia;
author’s comments:
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.
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