Set in west Tokyo during The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Maya, 11, is finishing fifth grade, preparing for choir performances and going to cram school when the earthquake knocks Japan off its feet. She and her family are unharmed. Earth keeps moving, but life comes to a halt. Everything is up in the air. Maya grounds herself by watching and helping her Great-grandfather farm. She finds other ways to calm herself and to hep others. Based on my experience of the aftershocks in west Tokyo.
An essential read, especially for anxious tweens in these uncertain times, with a message of hope and community.
KirkusA moving but never overwhelming look at Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake. (author’s note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)
Publisher’s Weekly...it offers a compassionate window into how adults and children cope with calamity.Ages 8–12. Agent: Holly McGhee
School Library JournalGr 4–8...The verse format, with fonts and text size changes signifying geological action, immerses the reader in Maya's situation...Maya's story is realistic and relatable for young readers experiencing anxiety from world events.