• On the Horizon

  • Memories of World War II
  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Lois Lowry
  • Length: 38 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

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 listeners.

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. In turns haunting, heartbreaking, and uplifting, On the Horizon will remind listeners of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future. 

"For a first-time audiobook narrator, Lowry is a natural. Her plain-spoken delivery is entrancing. There's an elegiac cadence to her sentences, and you can hear her smile when she remembers the soft Hawaiian words of her youth." (The New York Times)

©2020 Lois Lowry (P)2020 Listening Library

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beautiful, sad story in verse

Read beautifully by the author, who has at least two Newbury Award books to her name, Lois Lowry, this story in verse memorializes the lives of some of the 1200 sailors lost in the Pearl Harbor bombing and of some of the lives lost in the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . This short (38 mins) read will stay with me for a long long time.

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