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An Outbreak of Peace (New Society Publishers, 1987) received the Olive Branch Award for the outstanding book of the year on world peace. The story focuses on the coming-of-age of a thirteen-year-old girl as she asks her small New England town to declare an outbreak of peace. A key theme of the book is expanding understanding of peace and unlearning racism. The main characters are Polish-American, African-American, Puerto Rican, and Japanese American. Buy on Amazon.com Readers learn about the Internment Camps during WWII, the bombing of Hiroshima, and most of all about the complexities of human interactions. Although it is written as a young adult novel, it has had a strong impact on adults as well. Studs Terkel said in an hour-long interview: "This book is a natural for both young people and adults." Two dozen young people illustrated the book and were involved in shaping it. Young illustrators were given contracts and were paid for their work. At our press conference, the young people fielded questions and took turns accepting a question from a student and then a question from an adult so that voices from all ages could be heard. When the award was given in New York City, illustrator Amanda Cohen came up to the podium with Sarah and they accepted it together on behalf of the whole group.
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Book Description New Society, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0865711062
Book Description New Society, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0865711062