The Big Wave

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Baker & Taylor, CATS, Jul 10, 2009 - Japan
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Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be. The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village.

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Two friends, Kino and Jiya live in Japan. Kino's family farm the land on the side of a mountain. His best friend Jiya lives on the beach below where he fishes with his father. Kino fears the Volcano on his mountain and Jiya fears the sea might become angry. One day the bell at the castle begins to ring. Kino and his family rush outside. His father tells him this has happened once before and that the villagers below need to go to the castle. Kino sees several families or their children run to the castle. He waves to his friend Jiya. Jiya runs to the house of his friend Kino. There they watch as a giant wave wipes out all of the village and remaining people below, including Jiya's family. Given the choice to live with the old man in the castle or with his best friend's family, Jiya chooses his best friend's family. As time passes people begin to build on the beach again. Kino misses the beach and must make several decisions that not only affect him but the young girl he wants to marry. 

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The copy of this book I was given to read from my teacher was an old, beat up book that was stapled together with tape all down the spine. This gave me a clear first impression of the book: that it ... Read full review

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