Up From the Sea

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Author: Lowitz, Leza

Brand: Crown Books for Young Readers

Color: Sky/Pale blue

Edition: First Edition


  • Random House USA Inc

Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 12-01-2016

Details: Product Description 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. From School Library Journal 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 readers within the turmoil of that event and make them think about the people and families who experience the devastation of natural and man-made disasters every day. With an accurate background and written entirely in free verse, Lowitz's work offers a short but poignant view into the life of Kai, a biracial Japanese teen who loses everything and everyone in the storm. While his village struggles to rebuild, Kai receives the opportunity to visit New York to meet other kids who experienced similar life-changing pain in the September 11 tragedy. It is there that Kai finally learns the importance of trying hard and growing up despite overwhelming grief. The fast-paced writing progresses the plot perfectly to fit with the subject. The narration exudes emotion, and teens will connect with Kai as he faces the usual trials of growing up while living through such a difficult time. The open and honest talk about death may spark conversation among readers. Fans of Ellen Hopkins's work will enjoy the immediacy of this novel-in-verse. VERDICT A well-written first purchase for teen collections.—DeHanza Kwong, Central Piedmont Community College, NC Review A BookRiot 100 Must-Read YA Books Written in Verse A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, 2016 An SCBWI 2016 Summer Reading List Recommendation "A powerful, deeply moving book." — The Japan Times “Readers who appreciate the power of sports, friendship, and family to heal and to restore will engage with this well-paced emotional journey.” — Booklist “It is a moving story of the rebirth of hope in a teen who has lost almost everything…Kai will resonate with teens on a simple human level, just as 3/11 resonates with 9/11.” —VOYA “ Up from the Sea touched me deeply with its beautiful message of hope and the resilience of humanity. Bravo.” —Ellen Oh, author of The Prophecy series “Successfully captures the raw emotions of loss, grief, and what it means to move forward.” — Buzzfeed "Kai’s contemplation of his mixed-race status, which has made him the target of bullies, is thoughtful and relatable… The soccer thread … will be a point of connection for many young readers, who will understand how love of a game can sustain people in the hardest of times." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The dramatic scenes depicting the onslaught of Mother Earth’s wrath are movie-scene worthy. Lowitz does an outstanding job of capturing the tension felt by Kai as he fights to survive….The book serves as a perfect reminder of the resiliency and toughness of the Tohoku people as well as the challenges they faced.” — JQ Magazine (JETWIT) “A rare contribution to the nearly non-existent English-language literature in Japan focusing on the tsunami survivors, Up From the Sea

EAN: 9780553534740

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New