The Big Wave by Pearl S BuckThe Big Wave by Pearl S Buck

The Big Wave

byPearl S Buck

Paperback | April 18, 1986

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The powerful novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, about two friends who must face the pain of losing everything—and how to face their grief with courage.

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 wash over them, until the rushing water sweeps away the whole village—including Jiya's family.

As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, with the help of Kino and his father, he comes to understand that it is only in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and that even in the face of terrible tragedy, life and love are stronger than death.

Pearl S. Buck is the author of many distinguished books for children and adults.She won the Child Study Association's Children's Book Award for The Big Wave, the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Good Earth, and in 1938 received the Nobel Prize for literature.
Title:The Big WaveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.19 inPublished:April 18, 1986Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401715

ISBN - 13:9780064401715

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


From Our Editors

A Japanese boy must face life after escaping the tidal wave destruction of his family and village. At first he doesn’t believe that he can go on or that life is worth living. But soon he finds the will to continue living, thanks to the help of outsiders. This book is illustrated with 18th- and 19th-century Japanese prints that bring to life this boy’s struggles.