Monday, June 27, 2016

Five top YA historical novels about real-life disasters

Sarah Skilton is the author of Bruised, a martial arts drama for young adults; and High and Dry, a hardboiled teen mystery. At the BN Teen blog she tagged five notable YA historical novels about real-life disasters, including:
Japanese Tsunami
Up From the Sea, by Leza Lowitz

A moving, free verse novel set in Japan, Up From the Sea depicts the harrowing survival story of teenaged Kai, a half-American, half-Japanese coastal villager who loves soccer. At school, he suffers from bullying because of his mixed race. His life is forever changed by the tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011, but during a trip to New York to meet and connect with kids orphaned by 9/11, he takes the opportunity to seek out his American father. Their relationship may be complicated, but it’s also more vital than ever in the wake of Kai’s losses.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Up From the Sea.

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