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On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

On the Horizon (original 2020; edition 2020)

by Lois Lowry (Author)

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Title:On the Horizon
Authors:Lois Lowry (Author)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 80 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Memoir, MG, Maine author, verse, WWII

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On the Horizon by Lois Lowry (2020)


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Author Lois Lowry was born in Hawaii and lived there for the early years of her life. Her parents had a film camera and captured her youth on the island. Many, many years later, while looking at the old films, a friend noticed the U.S.S. Arizona in the background. The film was taken shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lowry was taken by the contrast between her innocent frolicking on the beach and the impending death of the soldiers on the ship. This book--part memoir, part history--told in verse, captures both the lives of the soldiers lost and the death and destruction in Hiroshima that followed.

To me, it is this balance, showing how war destroys those in its path, that gives this book its power. The poems of Pearl Harbor are beautiful and haunting, but having the more complete picture adds depth and nuance. A second coincidence adds even further resonance.

The poems take on a variety of forms. Ample room for discussion of verse form, history, and war make this a natural choice for ELA and social studies classes.
  megbmore | May 18, 2021 |
This book is a good book to use for ELAR for Poetry and is a good history book as well. This book is about Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. The author of this book had been greatly affected by both of these tragedies, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the history of WW2. ( )
  Shelby_Walker | Apr 30, 2021 |
A deep and dark oral history for juniors about the bombings of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
Lois Lowry, novel in verse is a stunning account of the lost lives of Pearl Hsrbor and Hiroshima ( )
  lindamamak | Nov 1, 2020 |
On the Horizon is a beautiful book written in verse. She honors those lost during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and lives changed forever as a result of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. She writes from her experience, as a young girl on the beach of Hawaii and time in Japan. Special tribute is given to those gone too soon. I highly recommend On the Horizon as an addition to classrooms, as students learn more about these events that changed the world. #NetGalley #onthehorizon #loislowry ( )
  lflareads | Jun 27, 2020 |
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