Ottaviano Books Henry Holt and Company
The Broken Sky
beautifully told middle-grade novel-in-verse about a Japanese orphan’s
experience in occupied rural Manchuria during World War II.
Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria,
near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they’ve known begins
to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu
and her little sister, Cricket, are left orphaned and destitute.
In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Cricket to a
Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to
redemption for Natsu's broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is
tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back.
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