January 8, 2014

Japanese Tsunami Survival Story

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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 I Survived The Japanese Tsunami 2011 book cover by Lauren Tarshishis 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

  1. Mia

    finally i got the battle of Gettysburg and read it! i want them to make a i survived the Hindenburg disaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mia

    never mind. i am not going to be starting the Nazi invasion…. because my sister[ my twin look for her on the stacks at username butterflyangel277] said it is not in our school library [ which was where i was planning to get it at]

  3. gracie

    i love the i survived books in school i just moved to their level and i am so exited i read one book in a whole week that is not bad for a new fourth grader i read i survived the sinking of the titanic. it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mia

    the i survived books i have read are: hurricane Katrina, the sinking of the titanic, the Japanese tsunami, the attacks of 9/11, the shark attacks of 1916, the bombing of pearl harbor,and the San francisco earthquake. I’m gonna start the battle of Gettysburg and the Nazi invasion this week. so, DO NOT SPOIL IT FOR ME!!!!!

  5. blackdragan3306

    I never read the series, but I like when they talk about history and I like the cover pictures

  6. breezebrain39

    My favorite I survived book is the one on 9/11. I read it last year and it was very interesting.

  7. First Name Only or STACKS username

    my favorite book of the i survied series is the twin towers attack on 9/11

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