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The Disaster Days



by
Rebecca Behrens

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Sourcebooks
Imprint
Jabberwocky
ISBN
9781492673316
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Twelve-year-old Hannah Steele doesn't mind babysitting after school. She just took a babysitting class, and her charges Zoe and Oscar are basically her next door neighbors, so it's really no big deal.

But then the shaking begins. Pottery topples. Furniture lurches across the floor. Glass shatters. The earthquake lasts four whole minutes. It knocks out the power. The stairs collapse. Phone lines are down, cell service is nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge aren't running, so their parents can't get back to them. Which means, they're stranded and alone. With Hannah in charge…

Author’s note.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.3: points 10

Lexile

750L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Earthquakes. Survival. Self-reliance. Babysitters. Islands. Washington State. Action and adventure.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Pelling, a small, isolated, fictional island near Seattle, is a utopia. At least, that’s what Hannah Steele thinks. Life for Hannah is safe and simple, so much so she hardly worries when she forgets her emergency inhaler for her asthma while babysitting her neighbor’s children, Zoe and Oscar. Hannah feels prepared because she’s 13, has taken a babysitting course, has her phone if there’s a real emergency, and knows home is less than a mile away. Her biggest issues are her mother, who babies her, and her concern that her best friend is ignoring her. Then the shaking starts. After the earthquake, Hannah discovers Pelling is completely cut off from the mainland and the phone towers are down. Her only lifeline is the emergency services broadcasts on the radio. With no adults, Hannah, Zoe, and Oscar must use all their resources to survive. Even as the action steadily increases, the characters behave realistically. Hannah and her charges have reasonable amounts of working knowledge for the emergency but react in an age-appropriate manner to the escalating danger. After reading Behrens’s informative, riveting portrayal of earthquakes and their aftermath, readers may learn how to respond in a similar situation. A realistic, engrossing survival story that’s perfect for aspiring babysitters and fans of John Macfarlane’s Stormstruck!, Sherry Shahan’s Ice Island, or Wesley King’s A World Below.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Pelling, a small, isolated, fictional island near Seattle, is a utopia. At least, that’s what Hannah Steele thinks. Life for Hannah is safe and simple, so much so she hardly worries when she forgets her emergency inhaler for her asthma while babysitting her neighbor’s children, Zoe and Oscar. Hannah feels prepared because she’s 13, has taken a babysitting course, has her phone if there’s a real emergency, and knows home is less than a mile away. Her biggest issues are her mother, who babies her, and her concern that her best friend is ignoring her. Then the shaking starts. After the earthquake, Hannah discovers Pelling is completely cut off from the mainland and the phone towers are down. Her only lifeline is the emergency services broadcasts on the radio. With no adults, Hannah, Zoe, and Oscar must use all their resources to survive. Even as the action steadily increases, the characters behave realistically. Hannah and her charges have reasonable amounts of working knowledge for the emergency but react in an age-appropriate manner to the escalating danger. After reading Behrens’s informative, riveting portrayal of earthquakes and their aftermath, readers may learn how to respond in a similar situation. A realistic, engrossing survival story that’s perfect for aspiring babysitters and fans of John Macfarlane’s Stormstruck!, Sherry Shahan’s Ice Island, or Wesley King’s A World Below.

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