Tsunami Girl

Julian Sedgwick

Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada

Guppy Books



ISBN: 9781913101466


Publication date: 1 February 2021



Fifteen-year-old Yuki is struggling at school with her confidence, and goes to Japan to stay with her grandfather, a well-known manga artist and to whom she is very close. But during her visit, a calamitous event occurs – the East Coast Earthquake and Tsunami – and her beloved Grandpa is lost.

Yuki and her friend Taka must make sense of the terrible situation and come to terms with the loss of their life as they knew it – and see that through renewal and with resilience, they can emerge from this tragedy with optimism for the future.

Interwoven with Japanese folk tales, modern-day ghost stories, and the creation of her very own vibrant manga hero, Yuki finds the courage to overcome extraordinary odds, and take her first steps into the world that lies beyond catastrophe.

Told through both prose and manga, with powerful, emotional manga from acclaimed Japanese artist, Chie Kutsuwada, this story for young adults will touch the heart of readers of all ages.

Julian Sedgwick

Julian Sedgwick is the author of six books for children, and co-author of the graphic novel DARK SATANIC MILLS and illustrated novel VOYAGES IN THE UNDERWORLD OF ORPHEUS BLACK, recently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2020.

He read Chinese Studies and Philosophy at Cambridge, before working as a bookseller, painter, researcher and script developer for film and TV, and shiatsu therapist.

Julian lives near Ely, Cambridgeshire, is married and has two grown-up sons. He still combines writing with his work as a therapist. In his spare time he draws as much as possible, juggles torches and knives, tries his best to learn Japanese – and waits for the weather to get cold enough to go fen skating.