Thursday, March 17, 2016

SERIES THURSDAY: I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis


A destructive force is about to hit the city of Joplin...

Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Gage, he has to say yes!  Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin.

Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn't heading toward Joplin, and wouldn't it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter's bravery is about to get seriously tested...


This I survived series is one of the most popular in my library. And it's not hard to see why.  The books are relatively short and action-packed.  This one revolves around an 11-year-old boy named Dex who misses his brother Jeremy who is a Navy SEAL. His experiences with Dr. Gage as they track the coming storms provide a look at not only the science of weather tracking, but the dangers of storm chasing.  When Dex and Dr. Gage get caught in the massive tornado, they have to find a way to survive the savagery of the storm.  Can Dex step up like his Navy SEAL brother or are they doomed to lose their lives to the storm? Tarshis always does a great job of providing just enough vivid detail to intrigue readers without overwhelming them, which makes this series great for reluctant readers as well as more experienced readers.  The illustrations add a nice touch, helping readers visualize the challenges that Dex faces.  A great addition to an already compelling series.

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