And Then the Sky Exploded

Overview

High Plains Book Award — Shortlisted, Young Adult category
When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends … somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there’s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

But maybe, just maybe … they’re wrong.

Awards

Short-listed
High Plains Book Award, Young Adult category
2017
Commended
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall 2016 Picks
2016

Reviews

Poulsen’s latest is a great read.

Quill & Quire

★ This memorable addition to Hiroshima literature should resonate with readers.

Booklist (starred review)

Yuko’s story and her meeting with Christian are worth reading and can start the conversation with young readers about Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Kirkus Reviews

A compelling story with strong characters whom the reader will find believable as well as likeable.

VOYA Magazine

A great novel to begin the dialogue about nuclear disarmament, the realities of warfare, and the role of the individual in the global village.

Resource Links

A powerful story about forgiveness, healing and coming to terms with the sins of the past.

Canadian Children’s Book News

About the Author

David A. Poulsen

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

David A. Poulsen

David A. Poulsen has been a teacher, actor, cowboy, high school football coach, and — most of all — a writer. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Serpents Rising and Dead Air, the first two books in the Cullen and Cobb Mystery series. He lives on a ranch in the Alberta foothills near Calgary.