About Me

Ocean Pier

Up from the Sea

by Leza Lowitz

Book Study:

Historical Fiction

Goalie in Action

2011.  Japan. 


On the day the tsunami strikes, Kai loses nearly everyone and everything he cares about. But a trip to New York to meet kids whose lives were changed by 9/11 gives him new hope and the chance to look for his estranged American father. Visiting Ground Zero on its tenth anniversary, Kai learns that the only way to make something good come out of disaster is to return and rebuild.
Heartrending yet hopeful, this is a story about loss, survival, and starting anew. 

As we read this beautiful verse novel looking at the tragedies of the 2011 Tōhoku Tsunami and September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we will also discuss the Joplin Tornado (which happened only a few months after the events of the book's opening chapters) and the pandemic we currently face as we look for an answer to the question written on the book's cover:


Can hope be found when everything is lost?



About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my twelfth year teaching English Language Arts and my fourth working at Carthage High School, which I graduated from in 2005. I love being back in my hometown helping our sophomores find an appreciation for reading and writing while challenging them to discover and develop the value, depth, and power of their own voices. Hopefully this will be a year of daring greatly and learning bravely.