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Shortly after the first atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, World War II came to and, and the terrible reality of the atomic age began . . .
Sixteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu has lived on the Bikini Atoll in the western Pacific all his life. Now the United States government wants to use his home as a site for atomic weapons tests. The islanders are told that they must leave weapon tests. The islanders are told that they must leave the island in the interest of world peace but can return when the island in the interest of world peace but can return when the land is safe again. Sorry doesnt believe the story. He is sure that radioactive fallout will poison the warm blue waters and beautiful white sand beaches, and Bikini Atoll will be lost to its people forever. Sorry knows that he has no choice but stop this disaster before it starts -- even if it means standing alone against the U.S. military, and risking his own life to save his ancestral land.
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Theodore Taylor was born in North Carolina and began writing at the age of thirteen as a cub reporter for the Portsmouth, Virginia Evening Star. Leaving home at seventeen to join the Washington Daily News as a copy boy, he worked his way toward New York City and became an NBC network sportswriter at the age of nineteen. Mr. Taylor is the author of a dozen books for young readers, among them the award-winning The Cay. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Flora.From Booklist:
Gr. 7^-10. Sorry will soon turn 14, the traditional age for becoming a man on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. The Japanese occupation has made his life and the lives of the other islanders more difficult, with the constant threat of violence and demands for food. The "kindly" Americans who rescue the island from the Japanese decide that the place will be perfect for testing their new weapon, the atom bomb. The islanders agree to move for a time to another island while the Americans make their preparations, but Sorry and his uncle are convinced that the move is not as temporary as other islanders believe. When Uncle Abram dies of a heart attack, Sorry decides to carry out his uncle's plan: he will paint his boat red and stop the bombing. At the beginning of each chapter, Taylor enumerates a step in the history of the bomb, building tension by presenting historical facts side by side with the fictional tale until the book's devastating conclusion. He ends with a "factual epilogue" that describes the results of the first bomb test, the failure of the new island to support the Bikinians, and the islanders' aborted attempt to return to their home in 1969. Taylor avoids the pitfall of making the islanders saintly and their life idyllic, letting readers know that they were ordinary people whose heritage and home were stripped from them. An author's note tells about Taylor's own visit to Bikini as an officer on the USS Sumner at the time the island was being prepared. Writing simply but powerfully, he has passed his memories on to generations who only associate bikini with swimsuit. Susan Dove Lempke
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