Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a touching novel, based on a true story, which follows Sadako, an avid runner who approaches life with an unrelenting spirit and happiness. It has been nine years since the Allies dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wrecking a devastation that has had continual ripple effects. Sadako becomes ill with leukemia, an aftereffect of the bomb’s radiation, and following her check in to a hospital, the chipper girl grows melancholy, desperately wanting to return home. A friend who visits her in the ensuing days cheers her up immensely, reminding Sadako of an old legend – if she can fold one thousand origami paper cranes, the gods will reward her diligence with renewed health. As Sadako folds paper cranes day after day, she grows increasingly tired, yet remains hopeful that she will be able to fold a thousand cranes, and will be able to run home again. Sadako’s story is well known in Japan, and her courageous optimism has inspired others to hold on to hope, even in the direst of circumstances. Coerr’s novel is simply and beautifully written, a fitting tribute to the girl who has lived on in Japan’s collective consciousness, and who remains a reminder of the tragic and far-reaching consequences of war.