ARC Review | The Last Paper Crane: A Tale from Hiroshima by Kerry Drewery

ARC Review

Publisher: Hot Key Books
Expected Publication Date: April 2nd, 2020
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Source: Huge thanks to Pansing for the review copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5


One thousand paper cranes to achieve your heart’s desire.

1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding flash as the horrific nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys find Hiro’s five year-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro is now the only one who can take care of Keiko. But in the chaos Ichiro loses her when he sets off to find help.

Seventy years later, the loss of Keiko and his broken promise to his dying friend are haunting the old man’s fading years. Mizuki, his granddaughter, is determined to help him. As the Japanese legend goes, if you have the patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, you will find your heart’s desire; and it turns out her grandfather has only one more origami crane to fold...

Narrated in a compelling mix of straight narrative,
free verse and haiku poems, this is a haunting and powerful novel of courage and survival, with full-page illustrations by Natsko Seki.


The Last Paper Crane gives me so much emotion that makes me cry throughout reading this story. Honestly, it is so hard to find the right words for me to write to share with you how I feel reading this story. The guilt that been holding by Ichiro after the decision he makes. He has been holding it throughout his life but he never forgets and still looking and searching. 

It is a short reading yet we can get all the feeling from pain to hurt to sadness from the story. It was told in a mixture form of poetry and illustration which will help us to explore the emotion from the story of hope, love, and painfulness. I remember learning the history of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima when I was in high school. I have no other words that could be express in my review, however, do pick this book once it is available in all bookstores on April 2nd, 2020.

"A word, just one word. Of letters and sounds, can change lives and change futures." Kerry Drewery, The Last Paper Crane.

I will definitely be going to buy this book once it will be available.

1 comment

Ray said…
I'd love to get this !