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Kehret, Peg.
New York : Puffin Books, 1998.
IL 5-8, RL 4.2
ISBN 0140383433

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Jonathanís family enjoyed their frequent camping trips.  Although they usually went during off peak periods when there are only a few people around; this camping trip was different. The camp ground was completed deserted except for his family.  Jonathan had a bad feeling about this trip, and his premonition was going to come true.  His familyís camping trip would become a nightmare.

                        The problems started when Jonathanís mother broke her ankle. So that his parents could get to the hospital as quickly as possible, Jonathan volunteered to stay behind with his younger sister, Abby, who is dependent upon a walker.  While Jonathan is helping Abby back to the camper, a major earthquake hits!  The two children are able to survive the initial quake by hiding underneath a fallen tree, but Abbyís walker gets destroyed.  Jonathan is forced to help his sister crawl back to the camper.  However they discover the camper was smashed during the earthquake, leaving the children with no food, water, or shelter.  To make matters worse, the islandís only bridge was also destroyed leaving the children completely stranded!  Abby is panicked, hungry and tired, so Jonathan calms her down before leaving to find some food and shelter.  As Jonathan is searching, he discovers the islandís lake seems to be getting closer and closer to their campsite.  Jonathan realizes he is going to need all of his survival skills if he and his sister are going to survive.

                        Earthquake Terror will keep you at the edge of your seat as Jonathan and Abbyís problems seem to increase with each turn of the page. You will be quickly caught up in Jonathan and Abbyís fight for their lives.

                    So if you enjoy adventure and suspense, you need to read Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret.  (Lucy Turner,, Intern Ballentine Elementary, Irmo SC)

Booktalk #2

Jon and his family have been going camping at the island for many years. Jon was left in charge of his sister Abby. Jon sister was partially paralyzed from the legs down. Everything is going fine on this camping trip till about 3:00 the first day after Jonís dad and his mom left to go to town. When Abby and Jon were on their way back to the camper. When an earthquake occurred and everything goes wrong. Will Jon and Abby get off the island?  (Holly Rice, student, Mansfield, Pennsylvaina)

SUBJECTS:     Earthquakes -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.


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