Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Books About Hurricanes

It's Hurricane Preparedness Week-- time to make sure you know what to do in case of an impending storm. It starts today and runs through June 1st (next Saturday). June 1st is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and NOAA is expecting an active one this year. Are you ready? These hurricane books might help convince you that you need to be!


Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans by Paul Volponi. After his mother's remarriage, Miles moves in with his father. His father concentrates on jazz, while Miles focuses on football, making the team and dreaming of playing pro. When Miles gets to the Superdome though, it's not for football, but rather taking shelter after Katrina hits.

Hurricane by Terry Trueman. Jose survives the horrible devastation of Hurricane Mitch when it hits his Honduran village, but he is one of the few. Even worse than the hurricane is the recovery.

Abandon by Meg Cabot. When Pierce and her mother move to her mother's hometown on Isla Huesos in the Florida Keys, she discovers that ever since she technically died and came back, she's been living in the Persephone story. It started with a hurricane, and it looks like it will end withe one, too. The first in a trilogy, the third, Awaken comes out in July.

The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes. In this retelling of Phantom of the Opera, Esti is attending high school in Cariba, trying to make a name for herself outside of her famous father. A hurricane plays a crucial role in the gripping climax.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle. This verse novel combines the historical tale of a disgraced landowner turned pirate, who shipwrecked on Cuba's shores during a hurricane, and the Cuban love story of Caucubu, the chieftain's daughter, and Narido, a fisherman.

Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale. In 1900, Seth's family has just moved to Galveston so Seth can go to a good school. Life in the new town is going well, until one day the sea comes in from all sides and it's total destruction.


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Janie has had many men in her life, but one story comes to head in the middle of a devastating hurricane. Published for adults, this is one of my favorite books that I was assigned in high school lit class.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger. The 1991 Halloween Gale that hit the North Atlantic featured a rare combination of factors that, scientifically, made it the "perfect storm." But for those caught in the middle of it, especially on the open water, it was anything but. Published for adults, teens do enjoy this title.

Ruby's Imagine by Kim Antieau. Even at 18, Ruby lives in a rich imaginary world, where she remembers her parents and can talk to the trees and animals. When the trees and butterflies tell her a 'big spin' is coming, Mammaloose and others dismiss it. But after Katrina hits, Ruby starts to wonder, and learn, how much is her imagination, and how much is real.

What are your favorite hurricane reads? Are you ready for hurricane season?

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