May 2017

$19.99 AU

260p pb

ISBN: 978-0553534771

fp January 2016

Up From The Sea

Leza Lowitz

from Penguin Random House...

On the day the tsunami strikes, Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about. But a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11 gives him new hope and the 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 disaster is to return and rebuild.
Heartrending yet hopeful, Up from the Sea is a story about loss, survival, and starting anew.

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Based on the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami which devastated Honshu, Japan, this novel in verse tells the story of Kai whose life is upended by this devastating event. Kai is at school when the earth begins to shake and then loudspeakers announce “Tsunami”. Everyone flees, searching for higher ground all the while the earth is buckling and trembling with the earthquake. Kai makes it but where is his best friend Ryu, his single mother (his dad has long left and now lives in America), his grandparents?

What follows is the aftermath of such a devastating event, facing the loss of family, home, old life. Kai feels isolated and alone even though his friend Shin is supportive. When the invitation to visit New York, to meet with other teens who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, comes Kai reluctantly agrees. Will he reconnect with his father? Will it help him heal?

This is a powerful verse novel which covers a very devastating event. It is inspired  by her own experience in Tokyo on that fateful day  and the meeting of a young boy  she met in the disaster zone. This is an easy to read, moving and informative verse novel for readers 13+.

Stephen, Canberra

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