Ben, his mom, and his younger brother Harry go on a big trip to Japan to visit family after his father died. The constant reminders of his father, is almost too much to bear, and Ben cannot wait to go home. But before his family can leave, an epic earthquake hits Japan and a tsunami hits---spreading chaos and devastation. When Ben is separated from his family, he is alone and scared. Can Ben find the strength to be brave in the face of so much danger? A fictionalized account of a true event---based on the Japanese Tsunami, 2011
The disaster felt around the world . . .
Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away-and pulled apart-by a terrible tsunami.
Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?
Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.
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"[Tarshis] crafts a dramatic, emotionally intense tale that takes account of 9/11's physical and emotional costs -- short- and long-term -- while ending on an upward beat." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
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"This is a gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
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"Expressive illustrations capture the drama of the storm and its aftermath, but the book's real power comes from its exploration of what it means to be a hero." --BOOKLIST