Storm Blown by Nick Courage

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Summary:  As Hurricane Valerie, the “storm of the century”,  approaches the Gulf Coast, two families struggle to survive.  Emily lives in New Orleans with her brother Elliott who is recovering from cancer surgery. Her father is out on the Gulf working on an oil rig, and her mom is completely stressed out trying to deal with everything going on at home.  When Emily feels pushed away, she retreats to an island in a nearby park and hides in a tree, unaware that evacuation orders have been issued ahead of the storm. Alejo lives in Puerto Rico with his uncle, and the two of them get separated during the evacuation there.  Eventually the kids’ lives intersect, and there’s a nail-biting, race-against-time rescue as the storm moves in, even bigger and more powerful than expected. 352 pages; grades 4-7.

Pros:  Fans of the I Survived series will enjoy the slow build-up of the first half as the storm is still approaching, and the edge-of-your-seat suspense of the second half as the group stranded in New Orleans struggles to get away.

Cons:  The females in the story seemed too passive, depending on the males to rescue them.  Emily makes a series of bad decisions, leaving it to her sick brother to risk his life to save her.  Their mom seems just about paralyzed by anxiety, and it’s up to the dad to sweep in from his oil rig job at the last minute and begin the rescue effort.

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2 thoughts on “Storm Blown by Nick Courage

  1. Dear Janet,
    I am a Colorado Author. For the last two years, I have been researching and writing a book about the “Overland Westerners,” four men who completed a 20,300 mile, three-year journey on horseback from 1912 to 1915. Crossing rugged mountains, raging rivers, and enduring terrible weather and near starvation, they wore out seventeen horses. Only one horse made it the entire journey: Pinto!

    On Oct. 15th, “PINTO!-Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History,” will be released. I am writing to see if you would be willing to receive a complimentary copy of the book and write a review for your fun blog: “A Kid’s Book A Day.” It is a middle-grader historical fiction. If you are willing to do so, I will send you a copy.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    M.J. Evans


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