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Ten years after the atomic bomb drop on Japan, Sadako’s dizzy spells start. In a short amount of time, the young Japanese girl becomes gravely ill and is diagnosed with leukemia. Upon starting treatment in the hospital, Sadako learns about a legend—that the folder of a thousand paper cranes will be granted one wish. She embarks upon folding paper cranes with the wish to recover from leukemia.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a real gut-wrencher that will leave you with tears in your eyes. Based on Sadako’s true story, the book is a quick read with stunning character voice. Despite its simplicity, the book is thought-provoking and reminds the reader of how children can be victims of war. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a children’s book but can be an eye-opening book for people of all ages. This is a must-read, and I give it 5 stars!

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