Yoko's diary

Edited by Paul Ham, translated by Debbie Edwards

The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during the Second World War.

1945 was a hard time to be a child in Japan. Many had seen their cities destroyed by US bombers. Food, fuel and materials were in short supply, yet spirits remained high. In April that year, Yoko Moriwaki started high school in Hiroshima, excited to be a prestigious 'Kenjo' girl, and full of duty towards her parents, school and country. But the country was falling apart and in four months time her city would become the target for the first atomic bomb ever used as a weapon. In her diary, Yoko gives an account of that time, when conditions were so poor that young children were required to work in industry; when fierce battles raged in the Pacific and children like Yoko believed victory was near.

With additions by Yoko's relatives and fellow students, and an introduction by award-winning author Paul Ham, Yoko's diary not only shows us the hopes, beliefs and daily life of a young girl in wartime Japan, it is a touching account of the consequences of the first nuclear bombing of a city.

Shortlisted Eve Pownall Award for Information Books category, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2014

Hard cover, small format, photographs, 224 pages.