12. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr, October 23
This came as a gift from one of my sister’s friend in a recent package. I’d never actually read the story in book form, although I’d heard it from people many times.
So it was nice to read a written version of it (not summarized on Wikipedia). It’s not very long, and is written in pretty large type. Perfect for younger readers who are just starting out.
The (fictional) story is about a little girl born just before the bombing of Hiroshima, who ends up in the hospital with Leukemia. There is no happy ending, but she learns to make cranes and sets the goal to make 1,000, so that she might get better (as the legend suggests). Sadly, she doesn’t make it to the end, and her classmates take on the task of finishing the cranes for her.
As luck might have it, I’ve been much better since I completed mine.