Under The Broken Sky

ISBN-10: 1250754747
ISBN-13: 9781250754745
Author: Nagai, Mariko
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Publication Date: February 2023

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 304

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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Lexile: 870L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 5.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars

JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)

A beautifully told middle-grade novel-in-verse about a Japanese orphan.s experience in occupied rural Manchuria during World War II. Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria, near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they.ve known begins to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu and her little sister, Cricket, are left orphaned and destitute. In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Cricket to a Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to redemption for Natsu's broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back. Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Mariko Nagai's Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful. Christy Ottaviano Books
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