In “The Last Cherry Blossom”, author Kathleen Burkinshaw honors her mother’s survival of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a young girl through the lens of historical fiction, and hopes her book will help young readers learn about the damages of nuclear war and the healing of empathy and forgiveness. (Intro: Water Bill)
KATHLEEN BURKINSHAW is the daughter of a Hiroshima survivor and a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. Writing gives her an outlet for her daily struggle with chronic pain from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 9 years. “The Last Cherry Blossom” (distributed by Simon & Schuster, Scholastic), is now a United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Resource for Teachers and Students and she has recently spoken at the United Nations in NYC. TLCB has been nominated for NC School Library Media Association YA book award and 2019-2020 VSBA, 2018 & 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club selection, and Finalist for NC Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award, 2018 Sakura Medal, Japan, and SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (southeast region).