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Up From the Sea

Title

Up From the Sea

Authors

Leza Lowitz

Publisher

Crown

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780553534740

Pages

257 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenaged boy. The March 2011 tsunami devastated Kai's coastal Japanese village, and he lost 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 discovers that the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

750L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Family member death; Biracial; death of a mother; death of a grandmother; death of a grandfather; tragedy; grief; loss; biracial teenager; mixed race

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese / White

Family Formation

estranged father

Awards

Green Earth Book Award, 2017, Long List, Young Adult Fiction
Best Books for Teens, 2016

Keywords

Tohoku earthquake and tsunami; estranged father; soccer; New York; Japan; 9/11 attack

Diversity Impact

indirect

Up From the Sea


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