On the Horizon

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.

Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 04/07/2020
Pages: 80
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.00w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780358129400
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.2
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 508618 / On the Horizon: World War II Reflections

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 02/01/2020 pg. 92
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020 pg. 135
Booklist 02/01/2020 pg. 35
Publishers Weekly 03/16/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2020
Shelf Awareness 04/10/2020
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2020 pg. 147
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Ms. Lowry lives in Maine. Visit her at www.loislowry.com and on Twitter @LoisLowryWriter
Ken Pak is the illustrator of many picture books including Cat Wishes and Flowers Are Calling. After studying at Syracuse University and California Institute of the Arts, he worked at Dreamworks Animation and Walt Disney Feature Animation. Visit him at pandagun.com and on Twitter and Instagram @kenardpak.