A powerful vel-in-verse about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village. Successfully captures the raw emotions of loss, grief, and what it means to move forward. BuzzFeed 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 Seais a story about loss, survival, and starting anew. Fans of Jewell Parker Rhodes s Ninth Ward and Karen Hesse s Out of the Dust will embrace this moving story. An author s te includes numerous sources detailing actual events portrayed in the story. A BOOKRIOT 100 MUST-READ YA BOOKS WRITTEN IN VERSEA NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BEST BOOK FOR TEENS, 2016 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 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
Leza Lowitz s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, Asian Jewish Life, and Best Buddhist Writing of 2011. She has published over seventeen books, including the APALA Award winning YA novel Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, which she co-wrote with her husband, the bestselling Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, and her most recent Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras. Leza, an American, lives in Japan with her husband, Shogo Oketani. You can visit her online at lezalowitz.com. From the Hardcover edition.