Up From the Sea
novel in verse
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.
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
Japanese / White
Green Earth Book Award, 2017, Long List, Young Adult Fiction
Best Books for Teens, 2016
Tohoku earthquake and tsunami; estranged father; soccer; New York; Japan; 9/11 attack
Lowitz, Leza, "Up From the Sea" (2016). Diverse Families. 376.