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- Full Title: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
- When Written: 1960s and 1970s
- Where Written: Japan; California, USA
- When Published: 1977
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fiction; children’s literature
- Setting: Hiroshima, Japan
- Climax: Having folded over six hundred origami paper cranes in an attempt to reach one thousand as a means of making a wish to restore her health, eleven-year old Sadako—a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing—succumbs to leukemia in her hospital bed, looking up at her cranes hanging from the ceiling as her family stands all around her.
- Antagonist: War; the atom bomb; leukemia
- Point of View: Third-person
Extra Credit for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
A Goal Completed. Though the novel claims that at the time of her death Sadako had only completed roughly 640 cranes, in real life, Sadako folded well over one thousand paper cranes while hospitalized and receiving treatment for leukemia. Her classmates did contribute additional cranes to her project, however, and very many were buried with her.