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The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
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Jan 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: hs-adult, historical-fiction-high-school

I thought this was an excellent book in terms of a story as well as a connection to a real event. The story was inspired by the Dec 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, written by a guy who was in the area at the time and worked with the relief agencies. So from that standpoint a lot of the descriptive factual stuff should be pretty accurate.
The story revolves around one Aceh native who survives and begins his search for his father, and two American kids on vacation who survive and are searching for medical help. Their paths cross and they help each other, including having to elude and escape from rebels in the hill regions (also a true situation there). It kept my interest to be sure, and even had some interesting things about clashing cultures (Muslim vs. Western). I put it at HS but some middle schoolers would like it too.

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