Hiroshima No Pika (The Flash of Hiroshima) by Toshi Maruki [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
When the world’s first atomic bomb detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, young Mii was sitting at breakfast with her mother and father. Remarkably, the family survived the blast that day, but the horror they endured afterwards was a tragedy beyond description.
A brilliantly illustrated depiction of the horrifying event, based on the true life experiences of an anonymous survivor. The book is certainly accessible to young readers with its simple narrative, but it will undoubtedly have a lasting, chilling effect on adult readers, as well.