Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
I was thinking now that it's April I should start the month off with a novel in verse. (April is poetry month afterall.) Authors of this style of novel have to be so selective in their choice of words, font and lettering layout on the page matter, symbolism, rhythm, double meanings all are exacting choices. Beautiful and fun to read, I hope you'll try one of our many novels-in-verse. And if you like a survival story, a soccer story or a story that lets you travel to another place and culture then you should try Up From the Sea.
Here's a sample and the summary.
Running through my ruined town,
against my back.
Plowing through blocks
strewn with heaps of
in a marshland
In March 2011, a massive tsunami devastates Japan. Kai, a biracial teen from a coastal village, loses nearly everyone and everything in the storm. When he's offered a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11, Kai decides to look for his estranged father. Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary, Kai realizes the only way to make something good come out of the disaster back home is to return there and help rebuild his town. Heartreding yet hopeful, Leza Lowitz's novel-in-verse os a story about loss, survival, and starting anew.