Author: Courage, Nick
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alejandro worries about his great-uncle while helping guests at a resort, and in New Orleans, Emily worries about her sick brother, as a major hurricane rages, changing both their lives forever.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 503962
|Reading Counts Information:
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 77467
Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2019 Gr 5–8—A suspenseful tale of survival surrounding the fictitious megastorm Valerie. Readers experience the first awakenings of the storm from Alejo's point of view in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alejo leaves the comforts of his summer job at a local tourist resort to search for his Padrino, who lives in a neighborhood that threatens to be swallowed by the raging ocean. He steals a van, breaks his wrist, and avoids being washed out to sea. A camera crew on a news helicopter rescues him moments before his home begins to fall apart. Farther north in New Orleans, Emily shares the story of a neighborhood store that is bustling with activity and whose shelves are quickly emptying. While her mother cares for her brother, who is recovering from surgery, Emily visits a park lagoon and some of the wild animals. Tired of getting in the way and being overlooked, she becomes disconnected from phone calls and the rapidly updating news of Valerie's status from a tropical storm to a megastorm. Told from alternating points of view, the plot unfolds quickly and leaves readers in suspense. Rich with information about birds, their behaviors in response to natural disasters, climate change, and regional life along Hurricane Alley, this title offers numerous opportunities for curriculum connections. VERDICT Fans of Lauren Tarshis's "I Survived" series who are ready to move on to lengthier selections will gravitate toward this title. A must-have for all upper elementary/middle grade libraries.—Monica Cabarcas, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2019 In San Juan, Alejo isn’t bothered by a little rain, but as Hurricane Valerie rapidly becomes more dangerous, the area is evacuated of people. In New Orleans, Emily’s sick brother is confined indoors, so she decides to embark on an adventure in his name—that is, until the storm reaches her, too. Anchored by these two points of view in different locations, the storm’s increasing intensity is also presented from various other perspectives—including a climate researcher, a cameraman, and a petrel—showing just how much can change in the midst of a natural disaster. Alejo, missing his padrino, braves the oncoming storm, while Emily struggles with family issues revolving around her recovering brother, her mother paranoid about his health, and her father who’s out on an oil rig. Set against the backdrop of suspense and fear in the face of nature’s wrath, Courage (The Loudness, 2015) tells a storm-centered adventure, filled with action, danger, and life lessons, about two kids facing more than just a hurricane. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.