by Eleanor Coerr (5th+)
Sadako was born in Hiroshima at the time that the atom bomb was dropped. She is a lively girl who loves to run and is very fast. When she begins to get dizzy spells however, she worries and tries to hide it from her family. Eventually, she is taken to a doctor where they find out she has Leukemia, an aftereffect of the atom bomb. While sick, Sadako recalls a legend that says if a sick person folds one thousand paper cranes then the gods will grant their wish to be healthy again. Find out why Sadako became a heroine in Japan and how paper cranes came to symbolize peace by reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.