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Sumiko Yatsuka

Sumiko Yatsuka 八束澄子

Sumiko Yatsuka  (1950–)  is a native of Innoshima in Hiroshima Prefecture. Her first work, set in a shipbuilding town and published in 1986, was Umi: Hitotsu no asa (The Sea One Morning). Oretachi no dorīmu fakutorī (Our Dream Factory) and Ritān matchi: Shinji no baai (Return Match: The Case of Shinji)—a sequel to the prize-winning Seishun kōro: Fenikkusu-maru (Youth’s Voyage: The Phoenix-Maru)—are tales of teenagers who, having failed academically, find their way through physical work, a recurring theme for the author. In Watashi no suki na hito (Someone I Like), which won the Noma Prize for Children’s Literature in 2006, even the light romance of a young girl is depicted against the stark economic straits of her family. Ashita ni tsuzuku rizumu (The Rhythm Will Go On Until Tomorrow), based on a song by Innoshima’s pop-rock duo Porno Graffiti, is, like many of her works, intended for a YA audience, but she writes for younger children as well.

Books by Sumiko Yatsuka
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    Airplane Trails to Tomorrow

    While her father is away in the next prefecture on long-term assignment for his company, eighth-grader Yū Mizoguchi must be the grown-up in the house, taking care of her mother, who suffers from severe depression and doesn’t feel up to housework, and l …

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    Youth’s Voyage: The Phoenix-Maru

    This is the story of Hiroshi and Shinji, two 15-year-olds who, after dropping out of an industrial high school, begin working on the Phoenix-Maru, a crane ship where the work is characterized by the "Three D's": Dreadful, Dirty, and Dangerous. Floating cr …

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