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Title:Hiroshima Dreams
Authors:Kelly Easton
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2007), Hardcover, 208 pages
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Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

I just finished HIROSHIMA DREAMS by Kelly Easton and I want everybody to know what a good book it was. It's a story of growing up. The story is told beautifully, rich imagery woven throughout the pages. It was very easy to picture this family going through the motions of daily life.

The book starts off when the grandmother, Obaachan, arrives from Japan when Lin is in kindergarten. The first time they meet, Ochaaban tells a koan. If you are like me then you learn that a koan is used for meditation and enlightening a being's mind. When Lin makes a wise comment in regards to it, Obaachan whispers to her, "I knew I was right about you."

In the beginning, life with Obaachan is not easy. There is an adjustment phase for everyone involved. Lin lost her bedroom to her grandmother and is forced to share with her big sister, Sally. Sally is being Sally, a typical big sister who has to make sure Lin stays in her place as the younger one. Lin's mom also has to adjust as her relationship with her mother is somewhat strained. It takes Obaachan two weeks to come out of her room and when she does, she announces that she is ready to be "American."

I wish I had a relationship with my grandmother as Lin had with hers. She has an opportunity of a lifetime, learning the ways of a generation past. Lin has always had the knack to be able to tell the future, and this is something she shares with her grandmother. Her grandmother teaches her to develop her gift through meditation and Lin constantly tests the strengths and limitations of what she can do. For Lin, it's more than knowing what the weather will be like the next day and if the boy you like will call. The education Lin got from Obaachan shapes her as a person observable as she grows into a young woman. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
Spanning 10 years, this novel tells the story of Lin, growing up at the turn of the millennium. Lin is half Irish and half Japanese. When her Japanese grandmother comes to stay with them, they form a special bond, since they both share the gift of precognition. Struggling with her shyness, Lin slowly comes to accept herself and find her purpose, even after her grandmother's death. ( )
  ShellyPYA | Dec 27, 2008 |
This book is for teens, but adults who are interested in poetry, in beauty, in peace, and in heightened intuition should read it. It follows a Japanese/Irish American through twelve years of her psychic life coming to terms with the bombing of Hiroshima that gave her grandmother leukemia. It's written in a minimalist literary fashion. A read you'll remember.
  annebella | Mar 25, 2008 |
This was a most unusual book because it is told in first person but the narrator is in kindergarten when it begins. AT the opening of the book, Lin's grandmother has just arrived from Japan to live with Lin and her family which also includes Sally, her big sister. While Lin is shy, studious and reserved, Sally is boisterous, opposite in most ways, but protective of Lin. Lin has a gift, she has the gift of vision and can often tell what is going to happen in advance. Lin connects very strongly to her Obaachan, loves her koans, food and seeing her everyday after school. Her Obaachan helps her to come out of her shell and share her gifts, like playing the cello, with others. This book really sticks to you. ( )
  cliddie | Mar 7, 2008 |
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Each and every heart it seems
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-- Moody Blues, "The Voice"
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For my husband, Michael Ruben, and our children: Isaac, Isabelle, Mollie, and Rebecca.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525478213, Hardcover)

Lin can’t explain the knowledge she has of the future, of what people will say or what will happen. It’s a gift she shares with Obaasan, her grandmother, who has recently come from Japan to live with Lin’s family. But seeing the future is more than knowing whether or not a boy will call. What is Lin to make of the visions she has of a day long ago, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima?

Acclaimed author Kelly Easton’s poignant coming-of-age novel about a girl with psychic abilities is rich in imagery and memorable characters.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:11 -0400)

Lin O'Neil, a talented but shy girl growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, develops a close relationship with her Japanese grandmother, who shares Lin's gift of precognition.

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