eBook Up From the Sea Such a quick read but also an emotionally gripping and powerfully inspiring one as well Book
eBook Up From the Sea Such a quick read, but also an emotionally gripping and powerfully inspiring one as well. Books like this lingers on the edges of my heart and makes me immensely grateful for this little life of mine. Gifting it to my nieces.. Up From the Sea am Ebook A 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 in the storm 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 VisiA 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 in the storm 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.Running through my ruined town,pack flapping like wingsagainst my back.Plowing through blocksstrewn with heaps ofrefrigeratorsblackboardsbicyclestaxisbustedpianosshelvesdesksstairsallmixedtogetherin a marshlandgrave.. I m a California girl living in Tokyo, where I write and run a yoga studio For over two decades, I ve been charting my quest in twenty books in many genres I hope I m just getting started.I m interested in ideas of identity and history How is culture shaped, and how are we shaped by it All of my books deal with notions of finding home Up from the Sea, my debut Young Adult novel in verse about the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami, is just out from Crown Books for Young Readers Penguin Random House It s about making a home within yourself when the only home you ve ever known is destroyed Named a 1 YA pick by BUZZFEED buzzfeed farrahpenn yaMy memoir, Here Comes The Sun charts my quest for motherhood across two decades, two continents, and two thousand yoga poses Its about creating connection and family finding a home in each other, and in the world Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, a YA adventure I co wrote with my Japanese husband, is about a biracial girl seeking home across cultures Her mission is to save her ancestral home and its ancient treasure.Then there s the poetry Yoga Poems Lines to Unfold By deals with finding a home in one s body Yoga Heart Lines on the Six Perfections charts the path to finding a home in the spirit I often write with my husband, the Middle Grade novelist Shogo Oketani author of J Boys, Kazuo s World, Tokyo, 1965 translated by Avery Udagawa about five fifth graders growing up during the first Tokyo Olympics Building a bridge from East to West, we ve collaborated on a book about kanji, a collection of poetry by a pacifist Japanese soldier, and the Jet Black trilogy in progress Other couples finish each other s sentences We try to finish each other s books.Other Stuff people ask about My writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Japan Times, Art in America, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others I ve been fortunate to have received some literary awards, including the APALA Asia Pacific Award in Young Adult Literature, a SCBWI Work in Progress Fiction Honor grant, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, The PEN Josephine Miles Award for Poetry, individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California Arts Council Shogo and I received The U.S Japan Friendship Commission Award from Columbia University for the Translation of Japanese Literature I ve also received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Editorial Excellence, and three Pushcart Prize nominations I have a B.A from U.C Berkeley and an M.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University I ve taught writing and literature there and at the University of Tokyo I teach yoga and meditation internationally.I love reading, dogs, and chocolate preferably all at the same time Thanks for stopping by.. The best Book Up From the Sea I’m grateful to have completed my reading goal of the year (100 books) with this heartrending novel-in-verse. Up From the Sea follows the life of how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village.“What could possibly hurt memore than this quakealready has?”On that fateful day, Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about in the storm. 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.I went into this read expecting it to grow in intensity with each passing page since it's tackling such a heavy subject matter. However, I felt like there was little to no emotion inserted in the writing where it counted the most. In the end, it came off quite distant and disconnected from what I was anticipating with the discussions of 3/11 and the tenth anniversary of 9/11.“We all rememberexactly where we wereand what we were doingwhen our liveschanged forever.9/11 and 3/11 are so different,two separate disasters—but maybe they’re alsothe same, Tomo says.How so? Kenji asks.Each one changedour country forever.”The afterword where the author discussed the inspiration behind some of the scenes in Up From the Sea was the one place where I felt everything I should've encountered during my reading experience.“Inspired by a young boy I met in the disaster zone, I began a novel about a boy who loves soccer and creates a team to rally his town after the tsunami. Months later, I discovered that exactly this had been done in coastal Onagawa. The team is the Cobaltore Onagawa Football Club. Supporters from all over the world helped in the difficult days following the disaster.Later, I learned that a soccer ball that had belonged to a teenager in Rikuzentakata washed up in Alaska. Amazingly, the ball was found by a man with a Japanese wife who could read the messages written on it. The couple traced the owner and traveled to Japan to return the ball.”I really wish I'd read this before starting the book.But as with any read there are still a few pieces that made me experience something deeper within myself. Here's a handful of them:“THERE’S A SAYING IN COASTAL TOWNS—inochi tendenko—save your own life first.A long time ago,if you wanted tomarry someone from the coast,the elders asked:“If a tsunami came,who would you save first?Your wife and child,or yourself?”“If you can’t save yourself first,”they said,“you can’t marry anyone here.”They’d lived through a tsunami,knew its full power.It’s true.If you can’t save your own life,the town will disappear.And if that happens,the future, too,will disappear.So don’t you darefeel guilty for being alive,Old Man Sato says,looking from me to Taroand back again.We’ve got the futureto build.” Ultimately, this survival story based on real life emotional events is vividly capturing and ends on a hopeful note.I also listened on repeat to my favorite song of Lorde's new album while reading.Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Up From the Sea, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! 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