The deadliest hurricanes then and now

by Hopkinson, Deborah,

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Perfect for fans of I Survived and the Who Was series! Packed with graphics, photos, and facts for curious minds, this is a gripping look at America's deadliest hurricanes.

As a hurricane gathered in the Caribbean, blue skies covered Galveston, Texas. Scientists knew a storm was coming. But none of them were able to prepare Galveston for the force of the hurricane that hit on September 8, 1900.

The water from the storm surge pulled houses off their foundations, and the winds toppled telephone poles and trees like toothpicks. And amid the chaos, Galveston's residents did all they could to rescue one another.

From the meteorologists tracking the storm, to the ordinary people who displayed extraordinary bravery... from the inequitable effects of the disaster, to a focus on many of the most severe hurricanes that have struck our shores, to the science of hurricanes and weather: Acclaimed Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings voices from history to life in this fast-paced, wide-ranging narrative of the deadliest hurricanes in American history. Filled with more than 50 period photographs and illustrations, charts, facts, and pull-out boxes for eager nonfiction readers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The second volume in the Deadliest series focuses on the devastating hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900. After providing basic information on hurricanes, the difficulty of predicting them at the turn of the twentieth century, and the reason why accurate warnings from Cuban weather forecasters were ignored, the book tells the dramatic story of this terrifying, destructive storm. Residents of Galveston received no official warning of the hurricane's approach before strong winds howled, heavy rains fell, and waters from the Gulf of Mexico surged inland, turning streets into rivers. Many houses, businesses, and public buildings fell in on their occupants, while some people swam to safety or escaped using boats and makeshift rafts. Causing more than 8,000 deaths, this hurricane remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Hopkinson vividly retells a series of personal narratives from journals, letters, and oral history records left by Galveston residents who survived, including a Black woman whose great-niece recorded her relative's memories. Archival photos help readers visualize the storm's destructive power. The book's unusually engaging and informative back matter includes an introduction to source notes, a hurricane-related word-scramble game, and practical suggestions for kids conducting oral history interviews with their grandparents. A memorable account of a disastrous event."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series The deadliest
Subjects Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Floods -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century.
Floods -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Focus,2022
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Hurricanes then and now
Language English
Notes "True stories in focus"--Cover.
Description xxiii, 184 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-166) and index.
ISBN 9781338360172
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