Hiroshima Dreams

Hiroshima Dreams

by Kelly Easton

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440678318
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/04/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 209 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Kelly Easton is the award-winning author of White Magic and several other young adult novels. She is a teacher and lives in Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard with her husband and their children.

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Hiroshima Dreams 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ClaudiaLuce More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for middle graders! It encompasses family values and a sense of growing up in a middle class family in which one parent is an immigrant from Japan. When grandmother joins the family, the youngest sister is quick to embrace her heritage; while both the older sister and the mother deny it. This story holds your interest and creates an emotional involvement, which makes for "no putting down" reading! I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Kelly Easton's books, and this is up there with the best of them. I was incredibly impressed by her ability to delve into the Japanese culture and the sensitivity with which she writes about Buddhist philosophy, despite never having traveled to Japan herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hiroshima Dreams is my favorite book this year. It's a bout a girl from the age of five to seventeen and her relationship with her grandmother, his sister, and her psychic powers. It's not fantasy, but how psychic powers are something we all have, but we forget to use. The writing is like poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about family values. This book has the real thing: a loving devoted, comical family, the passing down of family stories, beauty, laughter, sadness and intuition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is the deepest look at inner vision that I've read. It treats intuition as a part of life rather than something weird. I loved the relationship between the sisters. It felt as real as my own.
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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Hiroshima Dreams The author tried to communicate that you shouldn't judge people and that people can have really strong bonds with each other and also that everyone sees the world differently. I think that the characters in this book were pretty well thought out and easy to relate to. Lin was the easiest to relate to because of how shy she is. Wasn't everyone when they were little? She is a sweet little shy girl that doesn't know what to think when Obaach moves in. Lin's older sister was also someone everyone has heard of, she's the type that is very outgoing and the "popular" kid. This book sparked your curiosity when the box in Obaach's closet that says HIROSHIMA is brought into the story. This box is the mystery for Lin throughout most of the story. This book speaks to you because it shows that you shouldn't judge people and that you never know who you can become close to and share everything about you with. This book was sort of inspiring because it shows that you can have a good connection with anyone and that you should always give someone a chance and that you never know what your special gift is, by that I mean Lin and Obaach had the gift of sight and saw things differently then everyone else. For example Lin would wonder, "Do people live life at different speeds?" because she always knew what was in the near future, like who was on the phone before it even rang. Something that I liked about this book is that it actually had something that happened in real life in it. It helps you relate to the book and it helps understand and stuff because you know that the bombing in Hiroshima truly did happen so it helps you because then you know that this book has some reality in it. I also liked reading Obaach's koans, which are short stories that have morals in them and they are very interesting. I really liked when the girls (Lin and her sister) start to grow together, I think that his part is really sweet. I found it odd that Obaach and Lin would just spend hours sitting around doing what seemed like nothing, but they were actually doing more than that, they would communicate with each other and do other things that involved their wonderful girt of sight. I thought it was nice of Obaach to try to help Lin not be so shy and to just be herself. Overall I recommend this book to young teens. And I think that it is a pretty decent book and a good book to read just for fun.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.