We Speak in Storms
It’s been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens—a whole generation of Mercerites—dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens’ paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward—if only they work together.
A beautifully told, haunting yet hopeful novel about pushing past the pain, facing the world, and finding yourself.
JLG Release: Nov 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
8" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Homophobic Slur, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Medical: Eating Disorder
Death, Interpersonal relations, Tornadoes, Grief, Family, Ghost stories, Loners and outcasts, Illinois, Mexican Americans, LGBTQ, Trauma,