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Lewis, Richard.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2006.
ISBN 1416911650

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

The people ran as quickly as they could as the sound got louder.  From behind, the water came and destroyed everything in its path.  In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Sumatra, Ruslan, an Indonesian boy,  searches desperately for his father who is missing.  He has believes his father is alive but in another village and he is determined to find him.  Sarah is American and she is in Indonesia with her family on vacation.  When the waters subside, her mother is dead, her father missing and her brother is in need of medical attention.  Both teens are seeking help in the midst of unspeakable devastation.  They soon join up and face the destruction.

Booktalk #2

Drawing on his experience as a relief worker after the 2005 tsunami in Indonesia, Lewis spins a harrowing tale of disaster and survival, but also a story of human compassion and cultural awakening.

Ruslan, an Indonesian teen is drawn to an American girl when her family's sailboat docks in his town for mechanical assistance. The girl doesn’t even notice him. Boat fixed, her family sails off. Both teens are about to be caught in a massive tsunami.

The girl survives, but her mother is killed, her father is missing, and her little brother badly injured. Ruslan also survives the wave and immediately begins to search for his father, who had gone inland on an errand hours before the wave hit. The island has become an unfamiliar landscape of devastation. When the two teens happen upon each other, the little brother is failing. They band together to search for a doctor and their missing fathers. A friendship develops and when the girl, who’s safety is big news, is discovered, she uses the news media’s attention to speak out for what she now understand is the important disaster story - the islanders and their island.   (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Book Award, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Survival -- Fiction.
                        Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 -- Fiction.
                        Tsunamis -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.

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