Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
Illustrator: Melissa Iwai
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.
Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and mixed media.
JLG Release: Jan 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
ILA Teachers' Choices - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
10" x 11"
Level 5.7; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 8.4; Points: 3;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Harsh realities of war, Mention of seppuku (suicide)
Nobuo Fujita (1912–1997), Japan, Kaigun (Imperial Japanese Navy), Aviation, Biography, World War II (1939–1945), Aerial operations, Aerial bombings, Japanese bomber pilots, Reconciliation, Twentieth-century history of Oregon, Brookings, Oregon, Military history,