Beyond Me
In the spirit of A Place to Belong, this remarkable novel-in-verse examines the aftershocks of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 through the eyes of a young girl who learns that even the smallest kindness can make a difference.March 11, 2011 An earthquake shakes Japan to its core. A tsunami crashes into Japan’s coast. Everything changes. In the aftermath of the natural disasters that have struck her country, eleven-year-old Maya is luckier than many. Her family didn’t lose their home, their lives, or each other. But Maya still can’t help feeling paralyzed with terror, and each aftershock that ripples out in the days that follow makes her fear all over again that her luck could change in an instant. As word of the devastation elsewhere grows increasingly grim—tens of thousands have perished—it all seems so huge, so irreparable. Already flinching at every rumble from the earth, Maya’s overcome with a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. How can her country ever recover, and how could anything she does possibly make a difference? Before Maya can extend a hand to others, she must dig deep to find the hidden well of strength in herself in this sweeping, searing novel that shows even small acts can add something greater and help people and communities heal.

Beyond Me Details

TitleBeyond Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherAtheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-139781481437899
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Historical, Historical Fiction, Family, Cultural, Japan

Beyond Me Review

  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    I just got an arc of this book. Wonderful novel in verse! My 10 year old loved it too. I may even by it for my high school library collection.
  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    "Will Earth stop shaking?" "Will radiation ever go away?" These are some of the scary and thoughtful questions the main character, Maya, asks in this nicely written prose book. It is set during The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011. Maya lives with her parents, grandma, and great-grandfather. They experience the first big earthquake and the aftershocks to comes in the next few months. Maya writes to us daily in her journal when a quake or aftershock happens. She marks eac "Will Earth stop shaking?" "Will radiation ever go away?" These are some of the scary and thoughtful questions the main character, Maya, asks in this nicely written prose book. It is set during The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011. Maya lives with her parents, grandma, and great-grandfather. They experience the first big earthquake and the aftershocks to comes in the next few months. Maya writes to us daily in her journal when a quake or aftershock happens. She marks each one with a timestamp as she rocks and sways with the earth. As our main characters struggle to become stronger to help others, her father tells her to, "strengthen herself". This stays with her and she finds ways of concurring her fear. She begins by farming with her great-grandfather. Follow Maya on her beautiful growth during an uncertain and difficult time.
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  • Kip
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful book! Such a stressful time to live in Japan for a child. The timeline (counting minutes at times) and the formatting of the text really bring the situation to life for the reader, and the verse is just lovely. My twelve-year-old and I both loved it!
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  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    4th/5th grade and up
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