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Thirty Minutes Over Oregon
A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story
By (author): Marc Tyler Nobleman Illustrated by: Melissa Iwai
9780544430761 Hardcover, Picture book English Age (years) from 6 - 9 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century Oct 09, 2018 Print Run: 20000
$25.99 CAD
Active 11 x 10 x 0.36 in | 500 gr 40 pages Full-color illustrations Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books
An Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction 2019

In this important and moving true story of reconciliation after war, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, a Japanese pilot bombs the continental U.S. during WWII—the only enemy ever to do so—and comes back 20 years later to apologize.

The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. But few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings, and what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize.
This remarkable true story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, is an important and moving account of reconciliation after war.

Marc Tyler Nobleman has written many nonfiction books, includingBill the Boy Wonder andFairy Spell.He lives in Bethesda,

Melissa Iwai is the illustrator of several award-winning books. While doing research, she traveled to Brookings, Oregon, where the events in this book took place. She lives in Brooklyn, New

An Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction 2019

"A thought-provoking meditation on the power of forgiveness."--The New York Times Book Review

"Nobuo's story of reconciliation, not only for him, but for Japan and the U.S., is powerful and poignant....The story captures a side of World War II readers may not have seen before. A must-read story of a lesser-known World War II event and its aftermath."--Kirkus

Full-color spreads and vignettes match a clear narrative that pays tribute to a change of heart and the importance of cultural understanding."--Publishers Weekly

This quiet story is less about war than the toll it takes on those who fight, the possibility of reconciliation, and the value of understanding other cultures. The fluid, emotionally resonant ink-and-watercolor illustrations create period scenes effectively while capturing the tone of the text. A war story with a heartening conclusion."--Booklist

"Nobleman knows just the right tone to strike with this story, and he unfolds its events with a storyteller’s flair."--The Horn Book Magazine

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