Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Main Page
Author List
Title List
New This Month
Interest Level
Subject List
Booktalking Tips
Book Review Sources
Reading lists
Nancy Keane's Children's Website

Click on the book to read Amazon reviews

Myers, Anna.
New York : Walker, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN 080278787
This exciting adventure is set in Galveston, Texas in 1900, and is based on a true life disaster that affected thousands of people. Lately, twelve-year-old Maggie McKenna has felt ignored by her parents. She resents the time her father spends with Felipe, a boy from the orphanage who does odd jobs for the family. Her mother is pregnant and Maggie is jealous of the new baby coming. When her parents leave town for a doctor's visit, Maggie is left in the care of an elderly housekeeper and a grumpy cook. A hurricane is predicted, but no one could ever have imagined the death and destruction it would bring to Galveston. The storm surge causes severe flooding and over 6,000 people will die. Maggie and Felipe need to rely on each other in their desperate attempt to survive and help others. (This disaster really did happen!) What a way to grow up fast, and take great responsibility!  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
SUBJECTS:     Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
                        Galveston (Tex.) -- Fiction.


Permission is granted for the noncommercial duplication and use of this resource, provided it is substantially unchanged from its present form and appropriate credit is given.