I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
“And as it got closer to Japan’s coast, it got bigger. It grew and grew, until it was a monstrous wall of water, dozens of feet high, hundreds of miles long. It destroyed everything in its path.”
Since his father died in a car crash, Ben is a different person. He alienates his friends and teammates; he no longer takes pleasure from his favorite game – basketball. Ben doesn’t make time for his five-year-old brother Harry either, and his mother is concerned. She decides to take the boys to his father’s hometown, Shogahama, Japan. His great-Uncle Ojisan tries to take their minds off of Ben’s dad’s death, but Ben’s grief is too strong.
One day during his visit, there is a massive earthquake. From California, Ben is used to earthquakes, but this one is stronger than any other he has experienced before. Then, the unthinkable happens: a tsunami comes rushing towards them and he becomes separated from everyone. Stuck in a village where he does not know the language, will he ever be reunited with his family?
Read chapter 1 to get a sneak peek at this new book. If you like survival adventure stories, there are many more in the I Survived series! Tell us which one is your favorite in the Comments below!
–Elysse, STACKS Writer