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Monday, March 18, 2013

Flood Awareness Week

It's Flood Awareness Week. With spring showers and snow melt, this is a perfect time to start worrying about raging waters. Some of the floods in this book are natural, some man-made. Some are historical, and some are in a global-warmed future.

    

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards. In this verse novel, the love affair between upper-class Celstia and working class Peter comes to a head in 1889 with the Johnstown Flood.

Exodus by Julie Bertagna. 100 years from now, global warming has caused major flooding and most of the Earth is now under water. Mara's island home loses more ground every year, but she has an idea and a plan to try and save her people.

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John Barry. This is the go-to book for the history of the 1927 Mississippi Flood, its causes, and its effects. Published for adults, this one's for stronger readers.

    

Many Waters by Madeline L'Engle. We first met the Murray family in the classic A Wrinkle in Time. In this one, Sandy and Dennys, the only non-geniuses in the family, find themselves in a desert filled with strange creatures and politics. It all falls into place when the meet a man named Noah who's building a giant boat. They know what's coming--can they get back home in time?

The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops. On the younger side, but people today just don't know about January, 1919, when a Molasses tank exploded and a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses flooded Boston. Older readers may want to go for Stephen Puleo's Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

Rising Water by PJ Petersen. Kevin's a freshman and assigned to the animal shelter as the community service part of his sentence for stealing a car. When a flood hits, he and fellow volunteers Tracy and Luke get in a boat to deliver aid. When they come across some looting, Luke is kidnapped and Tracy and Kevin must overcome their distrust of each other to rescue him.

We have a short list today because I had a really hard time finding enough flood books! Where are they? Please tell me it's just my allergy-riddled brain and not that there's a lack of books about floods for teens. Help me out!

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