Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: 06/13/15
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is a book from my childhood that I revisited at the insistence of my son. Sadako loves the festivities of Peace Day (August 6th, to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). But that changes when she falls ill.
Though Sadako was born after the bombing, she is diagnosed with radiation poisoning. When it becomes clear that she won't recover from it, she decides to make a thousand paper cranes for good luck. Most of this short chapter book is the winding down of a young life and the lasting effects of the bombing.
Sadako's story is a fictionalized account of a real girl's short life. The back of the book includes a short biography. Though it's short, this book always makes me tear up.