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Hiroshima, 1970. A group of schoolchildren begin to question the effect “the flash” had on the adults in their lives, and create a school project to collect their stories. As they hear these stories, many mysteries are solved: why did their beloved art teacher always paint the same view of the gate outside his window? Why does Mrs. Sudo never speak? Who is the elderly woman who peered into Nozomi’s face, and why did she ask her age? This is a tale of grief, regret, and of tenacious hope; and of how people create lives in the aftermath of unthinkable trauma. A wise and surprisingly gentle story, best for ages 10 and up. — Joan (RBB Staff)