Thirty Minutes Over Oregon (Hardcover)

A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story

By Marc Tyler Nobleman, Melissa Iwai (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780544430761, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

In this important and moving true story of reconciliation after war, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, a Japanese pilot bombs the continental U.S. during WWII—the only enemy ever to do so—and comes back 20 years later to apologize.

The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. But few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings, and what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize.
     This remarkable true story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, is an important and moving account of reconciliation after war.


About the Author

Marc Tyler Nobleman writes books for all ages, including Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real and two other nonfiction picture books: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, which inspired an NPR All Things Considered segment, led to a TED talk, and became the basis of a Hulu documentary.He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Follow him on Twitter @MarcTNobleman and on Instragram @mtnobleman.



Melissa Iwai has illustrated many books for young children, as well as the nonfiction picture book Thirty Minutes Over Oregon. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Visit her online at melissaiwai.com, on Twitter @meliwai, and on Instagram @melissaiwai1.


Praise For Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story

"Nobuo's story of reconciliation, not only for him, but for Japan and the U.S., is powerful and poignant...The story captures a side of World War II readers may not have seen before. A must-read story of a lesser-known World War II event and its aftermath."--Kirkus

"
Full-color spreads and vignettes match a clear narrative that pays tribute to a change of heart and the importance of cultural understanding."--Publishers Weekly

"
This quiet story is less about war than the toll it takes on those who fight, the possibility of reconciliation, and the value of understanding other cultures. The fluid, emotionally resonant ink-and-watercolor illustrations create period scenes effectively while capturing the tone of the text. A war story with a heartening conclusion."--Booklist

"Nobleman knows just the right tone to strike with this story, and he unfolds its events with a storyteller’s flair."--The Horn Book Magazine