A note from author, Heather Smith:
"After the death of his cousin in 2010, a man named Itaru Sasaki built a phone booth in his garden as a way to deal with his grief. Although the phone was disconnected, Sasaki believed his words rode the wind to his loved one. A year later, when a tsunami struck his coastal town of Otsuchi, Japan, thousands of mourners flocked to the phone booth, longing to connect with their missing loved ones. When I heard the story of Itaru Sasaki's "phone of the wind," I was struck by the beauty of how a simple object - a disconnected phone - could help a grieving community heal. It was this sense of hope and resilience that inspired me to factionalize the story for a young audience. I hope that, like Makio, readers will see that sometimes in sadness there is beauty. In this case, it is found within the walls of Mr Hirota's phone booth. "
(Author's Note from back cover of book)
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