Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

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A powerful novel-in-verse about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village.
On that fateful day, Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about. When he’s offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11, Kai realizes he also has a chance to look for his estranged American father. Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary, Kai learns that the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town.
Heartrending yet hopeful, Up from the Sea is a story about loss, survival, and starting anew.
Fans of Jame Richards’s Three Rivers Rising and teens who read Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust as middle graders will embrace this moving story. An author’s note includes numerous sources detailing actual events portrayed in the story.

About Leza Lowitz

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Leza Lowitz is an award-winning writer and translator, and Director of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo. Reema Datta grew up in India and teaches Ashtanga yoga, chant, Sanskrit prayers, and ayurvedic cooking.
Published January 12, 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 8 Up—A thoughtful exploration of the March 2011 tsunami in Japan and its aftermath. The tsunami destroyed more than just buildings during its rampage of the coastal cities of Japan; it destroyed the lives of many in the process. Although a work of fiction, this well-researched novel will place...

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