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The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis

Posted by Laura Losch on September 1, 2008

The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis

Attention guys – this book is for you! I read this book last year and it grossed me out, which is why I think you’ll love it! This book is historical fiction, meaning the event or events are real, but the characters are not real. This book is about Ruslan, a teenage boy living on a small island in Indonesia (Side note for all you 7th graders – how many islands make up the country of Indonesia? Look it up, you’d be amazed!). An American family’s boat breaks down on his small island and he falls in love with the American teenage girl named Sarah, but she doesn’t notice him at all, in fact she blows him off. After Sarah’s family leaves Ruslan’s island, the massive Tsunami of 2004 hits all of Indonesia destroying most of it (What’s a Tsunami?). Ruslan must help Sarah and her little brother survive (I’m not even going to tell you what happens to her parents). The gross parts I referred to are when Ruslan describes what he sees after the Tsunami hits (like dead bodies – yuck!). Ruslan and Sarah go through a string of events to save themselves and Sarah’s brother. If you liked Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, you’ll love this book.

When I said earlier this book is historical fiction, I mean the events described by Ruslan were actually witnessed by the author himself. The author Richard Lewis flew into Indonesia to aid the survivors only days after the Tsunami hit. So when he writes about seeing dead bodies – he really saw dead bodies!

Stop by the media center and check out this book!


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