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The Disaster Days Kindle Edition
Hatchet meets The Babysitters Club in this epic and thrilling survival story about pushing oneself to the limit in the face of a crisis.
We were all alone, in a shaken and shattered house, in the dark. And I was in charge.
Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. She's always felt totally safe there.
So when she's asked to babysit after school one day, it's no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class, which she's pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn't even worried that she left her inhaler at home.
Then the shaking begins.
The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes, but it changes everything—damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help—and their parents—are both blocked, which means they're stranded alone. And Hannah's in charge as things go from bad to worse.
Praise for The Disaster Days:
"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."—School Library Journal
"The strength of this steadily paced novel that stretches over four days of a scary disaster scenario is that Hannah doesn't figure everything out; she stumbles, doubts, and struggles throughout it all."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fans of survival thrillers in the vein of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet will enjoy this tense, honest tale of bravery...an excellent (and refreshingly not didactic) teaching tool on natural-disaster preparedness."—Booklist
"The relentless progression of a variety of disaster scenarios will keep readers turning pages...equally suspenseful and informative."—School Library Connection
"Behrens uses immersive details and situations effectively viewed from Hannah's perspective to create a suspenseful, vivid story filled with lessons about responsibility and overcoming adversity."—Publishers Weekly
"A suspenseful, vivid story filled with lessons about responsibility and overcoming adversity." - Publishers Weekly
"The strength of this steadily paced novel that stretches over four days of a scary disaster scenario is that Hannah doesn't figure everything out; she stumbles, doubts, and struggles throughout it all" - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"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." - School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07S324HZP
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2019)
- Publication date : October 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5351 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,815 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Hannah is 13, lives on a small, sleepy Seattle island. Her day begins like any other; she misses the bus (not unusual), her mom is over protective when Hannah realizes she forgot her inhaler, she feels a nagging worry her best friend is slipping away. Looking back, Hannah so wishes she’d let her mom hug her when she dropped her off at school, she hadn’t picked a fight with her best friend and she’d told her dad “love you” when he called from his business trip. But Hannah had no idea what would happen later that day…
What does happen is the biggest earthquake the west coast has experienced in 300 years. It happens while Hannah is taking care of her next door neighbors, ages 7 and 10 and cuts all communications and travel to their island home. It means the three of them are totally alone for the next three days. It means that Hannah must use her ingenuity, her courage to not only keep them out of danger but safe from aftershocks and wild animals, but also find food, water and shelter.
There was an amazing sense of place and rich description of all the experiences in the story. You could feel the dampness, the fog and the dust. You could taste the foul water and the strange things they were forced to eat. Most of all you could imagine the terror and loneliness the kids experienced as they tried to understand what was happening to them.
This is a perfect book for anyone looking for adventure and suspense. I highly recommend it! And most importantly, after reading this you’ll feel compelled to get your emergency box prepared. I started last night!
Hannah was such a relatable character - I remember being that age and feeling mature enough to babysit and be in charge, but at the same time feeling like I had no idea what I was doing. Her reactions and choices were realistic, and through it all, she was brave and resourceful.
Like with all of Rebecca's books, I learned so much, but I never realize I'm learning until I'm looking up sand volcanoes and making a list of what to add to my emergency kit. This would be a great book to read with the whole family or in a classroom setting and discuss afterward. And not just in case of an earthquake - in case of any emergency.
In a weird twist, wind + overgrown trees knocked out power to my neighborhood when I was about 2/3 of the way through, so reading the end by sunlight as equipment trucks beeped nearby heightened the tension.
I'm not going to spoil anything, but I thought the "after" part was a really clever epilogue.
Rebecca Behrens’ The Disaster Days is a compelling and empowering middle-grade disaster story that will have readers on the edge of their seats and breathless!
With its utterly gripping story, and Behrens mastery of suspense, emotion, and earthquake disaster knowledge, The Disaster Days is an unputdownable page-turner. Behrens has clearly done her earthquake research, as every aspect of Hannah’s story feels authentic and real. Every heart-wrenching and lump-in-your-throat moment of fear, panic, and doubt is powerfully felt, and every heartwarming moment of triumph, obstacles overcome, and teamwork and sweetness between the characters will be relished and celebrated by readers.
Readers will easily connect with the three engaging, excellently developed young characters. Through all their likable qualities and flaws, victories and mistakes, Hannah, Zoe, and Oscar feel incredibly real...and by the end of the book, they’ll feel like long lost friends to readers.
The Disaster Days will take young readers on an unforgettable, emotionally charged journey that will encourage, inspire, and educate. A suspenseful, spectacularly crafted survival story!