104 pages 3 hours read

Alan Gratz


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2018

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Essay Topics


How does Hideki’s perception of his grenades change as he becomes increasingly disillusioned with the war?


What does the woman wearing the blue kimono strapped with dynamite represent? What message is conveyed about loss of innocence and beauty?


Discuss the evolution of Hideki’s ideas about US and IJA troops. Why does he reject the simplistic message that demonizes American soldiers and valorizes Japanese soldiers?