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On the horizon / Lois Lowry ; illustrated by Kenard Pak.

Lowry, Lois, (author.). Pak, Kenard, (illustrator.).


From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII's most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. With evocative black-and-white illustrations by SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Kenard Pak, Lois Lowry looks back at history through a personal lens as she draws from her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan, as well as from historical research, in this stunning work in verse for young readers. On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Based on the lives of soldiers at Pearl Harbor and civilians in Hiroshima, On the Horizon contemplates humanity and war through verse that sings with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural divides. This masterful work emphasizes empathy and understanding in search of commonality and friendship, vital lessons for students as well as citizens of today's world. Kenard Pak's stunning illustrations depict real-life people, places, and events, making for an incredibly vivid return to our collective past.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780358129400
  • ISBN: 0358129400
  • Physical Description: 75 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages: 10-12
Grades: 4-6
HL580L Lexile
Decoding demand: 86 (very high) Semantic demand: 98 (very high) Syntactic demand: 85 (very high) Structure demand: 87 (very high) Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 1 508618.
Awards Note:
MASL Dogwood
Subject: Lowry, Lois > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
Lowry, Lois > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Casualties > Juvenile literature.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Hawaii > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan > Hiroshima-shi > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Personal narratives, American > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Personal narratives, American.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) > History > Bombardment, 1945 > Juvenile literature.

Available copies

  • 27 of 29 copies available at Missouri Evergreen.


  • 0 current holds with 29 total copies.
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Adair County Public Library JUV 811.54 Low (Text) 34029002518438 Juv Non Fiction Available -
Camden County Library District - Osage Beach J 940.542 Lowry (Text) 31320003761702 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -
Cape Girardeau Public Library 940.542 LOW (Text) 33042004700368 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Caruthersville Public Library J 940.54 LOW (Text) 38417100512682 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Cedar County - El Dorado Springs J 940.54 LOW (Text) 3482700066404 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Cedar County - Stockton J 940.54 LOW (Text) 3482700075358 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Doniphan-Ripley County Library JY 940.54 LOWRY (Text) 38421100766124 Juvenile/YA Non-Fiction Available -
Festus Public Library J 940.542 Lowry (Text) 32017000080187 Junior Nonfiction Available -
Heartland Regional Library - Belle J 940.54 LOW (Text) 35555002186726 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Heartland Regional Library - Eldon J 940.54 LOW (Text) 35555002186734 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -

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