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  • Published: 27 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9781101934135
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99

In a Flash



A riveting and dramatic story of two devoted sisters, Italian citizens, who must survive in WWII Japan.

In 1940, when Simona is eight and her sister, Carolina, is five, their father becomes the cook to the Italian ambassador to Japan, and the family leaves Italy for Tokyo. The girls learn perfect Japanese, make friends, and begin to love life in their new home. But soon Japan is engaged in a world war. In 1943, when all Italians in Japan are confined to internment camps as enemy aliens, Papà and the girls are forced to part, and Simona and Carolina embark on a dramatic journey. Anyone who aids them could be arrested for treason. All the sisters have is each other: their wits, courage, and resilience, and the hope that they will find people who see them not as the enemy, but simply as children trying to survive.

In this gripping, deeply moving story, Donna Jo Napoli gives readers an unforgettable and authentic new perspective on World War II.

  • Published: 27 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9781101934135
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli has written several novels for young adults involving Italian history, from the Renaissance to the World War II era. History wasn’t her favorite subject when she was young, but in writing stories based on historical events, Ms. Napoli has become fascinated by the people of many different times and places. Learning more about the past reveals that history has surprising bearing on the present. In the artistic and political world of Medici Florence, the author sees many similarities to our world today.

Ms. Napoli lives with her husband in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a college professor. She has written nearly sixty books for young readers, including STONES IN WATER, FIRE IN THE HILLS, THREE DAYS, THE MAGIC CIRCLE and THE PRINCE OF THE POND.

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