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Escaping the Giant Wave

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The worst vacation ever!Thirteen-year old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean.

Kyle's perfect vacation becomes a nightmare while he's babysitting his sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits the coast and starts afire in their hotel. While fighting their way through smo...more
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published 2003)
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Ben W.
This book is to easy to predict, you know what is going to happen even before it does. NO suspense is generated by this and i can't connect with the characters. It is to short and I finished it 3 days, this book may be a better for 8 year old people. These are the reasons that i gave it a one star review. BIG THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tyler Button
This was an amazing book. It was exiting, thrilling, and it allways keep me guessing whats going to happen next. Right when you think that you know whats going to happen next it twist up. This book was about a family of four. Mom, Dad, Daughter, And son. This family won a prize. This price was an Vaction trip to the coast line of oregon. The family was so exited to get an all free vaction to oregon. The family got on there flight one morning they where soo exited for this vaccton. Once they got...more
Chris
ESCAPING THE GIANT WAVE
Kyle, the main character wants Darren to stop bullying him. Darren has been bullying Kyle from kindergarten to 5th grade. Darren pushes, punches and says bad words to Kyle. He makes Kyle feel awful. Kyle doesn’t tell anyone because Darren’s bullying will get worse.
UNFORTUNATELY …Darren and Kyle are going to a vacation on the Oregon coast when they see each other there. Especially Kyle’s parents do not know this bullying situation is going on. To make things worse..Darren...more
Petra
I currently finished reading Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret. This book is about a brother and a sister on vacation that go through some tragic situations. First, while their parents were gone, an earthquake hits the hotel. Then the hotel caught on fire. After that, a tsunami comes and almost kills them.
I believe that this is a really good book, but there were some things that I didn't particularly like. For one, I don't think that Josie should have died! She saved their lives and defin...more
Jackie
Sep 14, 2012 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Jaime Csorba
When Kyle and his family travel from Kansas to the Pacific Coast on their summer vacation, they never dreamed they would be living through one of the most destructive of natural disasters...a tsunami. Kyle was anticipating being far away from classmate Daren who bullies him relentlessly, but is horrified to find that Daren's family is also part of the same company outing that his parents have been invited to. Kyle and his sister BeeBee are left alone one night as their parents board the Elegant...more
Sophia Houle
Thirteen year old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He had never flown before, and he had never seen the Pacific Ocean.Kyle`s perfect vacation becomes a nightmare when he`s babysitting his eight year old sister, BeeBee. An earthqauke
hits the coast and starts a fire in their hotel. While fighting their way through smoke and flame, Kyle remembers seeing a sign at the beach that said after an earthquake everyone should go uphill and inland, as far...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It's interesting that this story, about surviving an earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the coast of Oregon, was written in 2003, before the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Most people, I'm sure, didn't know about the threat of earthquakes followed by tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest until documentaries about it came out in 2005 and after. Certainly I didn't. The details in the book matched what I've read and seen in documentaries, so the author did her homework. The story was suspenseful, and...more
Lisa Nelson
4.5

I recently listened to this book in the car on a road trip with my kids. This was the first time we tried this and it made our ride all the more fun. It kept a 6, 9, 11 and 37 year old entertained and on the edge of our seats as we rambled down the highway. I think we even had a few tears mixed in there at the end. (Thankfully my 2 1/2 year old had Apple products to keep him happy.) This book is packed with nonstop action. We are grateful to The Global Reading Challenge and Julia for recommen...more
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Mari Anne
Another Kehret book that I think was good but not great. This one had a lot of interesting action but I thought there wasn't much character development. The author basically begins the story and throws you immediately into the action and then just as quickly wraps up the story. This formula probably works well for the intended audience (middle grades) but it is a little disconcerting to a more sophisticated reader. Great action book though that would probably appeal to boys and girls grades 3 -...more
Lindsay D.
Kyle, 13, is finally going on the vacation of his dreams. The ocean and warm sand was the perfect summer vacation. At least he thought it was. His dream turns into a nightmare while babysitting his little sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits and their hotel sets on fire. Kyle and BeeBee barely escape, but the terror isn't over. Kyle realizes that after an earthquake, you need to get to high land. Tsunami's could strike right after an earthquake, so they needed to move fast. Kyle had to get himsel...more
༻☮Miranda☮༺
This was a really predictable book. I finished it basically as soon as I started! Personally, I would NEVER read this again unless made to.
Avalon
Jan 07, 2014 Avalon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leah
Shelves: audio-books
This book portrayed the fictional experience of surviving an earthquake, fire, and Tsunami without your parents.
Molly
i thought this book had a lot of adventure and peg kehret wrapped it up with a great ending.
Kenny
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret is a book about this thirteen year old named Kyle who decided to go to the Oregon Coast with his family for a vacation. Kyle is dealt with difficult challenges like babysitting his little sister named BeeBee, dealing with an earthquake that struck the coast of where the family decided to spend their vacation, and facing tsunamis along with fires. This is not the life most people would imagine their vacation to be, but it is what happened to our main charact...more
Dreamergirl99
This book is possibly one of my favorite trilogy books and it's by Peg Kehret also one of the few writers that has such an excting plot in novels. I loved it from the moment I started it and I was really holding my breath to the very end to see what the boy and his sister where going to do. It's a great read and I would recommend it for grades 6th-10th. This book is an awesome adventure anyone can enjoy... You can see that the characters are worked at a lot and the writer made you feel like you...more
Teresa
What would you do if you were babysitting on vacation and disaster struck? If your parents had said "Don't leave the hotel room", but had also gone over the tsunami warning signs posted on the beach: "Get to higher ground"?

The compelling description of escaping a tsunami as it strikes the Pacific northwest makes this one hard to put down. The side plot of gaining the courage to stand up to a bully was pretty well done. The main character never felt that fleshed-out to me--I kept thinking he was...more
Joseph
Before I started reading this book, I had never even heard of it. No one I knew has mentioned this to me or has recommended this to me. After reading Escaping the Giant Wave, I finally understood why.

The way I found out about this book was that I was assigned to read it for school. I didn't like this book too much. In my review, I am going to explain why (or, at least the main reasons why).

First off, I'm going to talk about the "action" in this book. When I looked at the title and the cover of t...more
Michael
What caught my eye first: The eyes, above the giant wave on the cover. Also, the title, given this year's horrendous tsunami in Japan, and the ever-present danger of tsunami on the Oregon coast. (After Turtle in Paradise, my last week's MMGM, with its hurricane, perhaps I'm in a bit of a natural disaster rut!)

Wonderful things about this book: a) The disaster factor. Peg Kehret throws her characters into the most terrifying situations (an earthquake, a hotel fire, and then not one but TWO tsunami...more
Mary
When Kyle Davidson's father wins the Salesman of the Year award, the family heads off to Fisher Beach, OR for an expenses paid vacation. From the beginning, the trip doesn't turn out at all as the family expects. First, at the airport, Kyle discovers that Daren Hazelton, who has bullied him since kindergarten is going to the same place because his mother won Salesperson of the Year for online sales. Then they discover that the luxury Frontier Lodge where they are supposed to stay is not yet comp...more
Katie Cantin
This is a good book for elementary to middle school students, but not for older teenagers or adults. I've noticed some of the bad reviews this book has received, and they all have excellent points, but they are also all written by people not belonging to the age group the book was intended for. I would recommend it for middle schoolers, because, although it is pretty corny and really predicable, it does offer some good insight on what to do when disaster hits, tsunami or otherwise.
Sarah Maddaford
This book read very young to me, but I was reading more serious takes on natural disasters during 7th grade. There is no sex, very little if any language and the violence is mostly from Nature and off camera. There isn't a lot of detail to support the fear that you feel from Kyle and BeeBee. The fact that I felt their fear was mostly a result of the author describing them than describing their situation. I think older teens would feel similarly to me about the book. They would regard this as a w...more
Michael
Aaaah! A tsunami? As Kyle and his family went to their supposedly luxury trip, they happen to bethere at the wrong time. What was supposed to be their best vacation ever turned out to be a nightmare that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. The moment they got their was horrible too. Kyle's enemy from school had to be there. What luck! Also, the new luxurious hotel is still in construction and they had to go to a very archaic hotel. It is known to have built in 1845. To make matters wors...more
Julie Pascoe
Experience a thrilling vacation on the Pacific Coast. Would this be a vacation for you? Certainly it is not one I would ever hope for. Read to find out what happens as this family as they try to enjoy a business paid trip. It is exciting but at times sad and scary.
Cal Malone
Escaping The Giant Wave by Peg Kehret I think is a three star book. It's about a family that goes to Oregon for a vacation. They are going on this vacation because their Dad is the Salesman Of The Year. When their Mom and Dad go on a cruise, Kyle and BeeBee are left alone to fend for themselves at a hotel on the beach. But the bad part is that the Oregon Coast is in a danger zone for a Tsunami and they are all alone. Will they survive? Will their Mom and Dad survive out at sea? I would give this...more
Vince
I read this book as my grandson was reading it

Well chosen it seems to show values and tensions and people's choices to a ten year old

So if one wants to read a book with a ten year old this is a good choice


Kate
Most students who don't love reading, love this book. And all Peg Kehret books for that matter. Choose this title if you don't want to be bored and are reading so fast you won't have time for sticky notes.
Carmine
May 13, 2010 Carmine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3-5th grade
Recommended to Carmine by: SRP 2010
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kristy Haight
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Level: 5.9

Included in These Sets/Series: Children's Crown Award - Past Winners


Subjects:
Tsunamis Fiction.
Earthquakes Fiction.
Natural disasters Fiction.
Brothers and sisters Fiction.
Bullies Fiction.
Pacific Coast (Or.) Fiction.


Notes: Includes bibliographical references. When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bu...more
Shirley Lally
I enjoyed this book told by a 13-year-old boy. Interesting plot. And to my surprise this audiobook was produced by a neighbor.
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Peg Kehret writes middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She's won dozens of state children's choice awards, where kids vote for their favorite book.

When she was twelve, Peg was paralyzed with polio. Most of her protagonists are the age she was then.

A volunteer with animal rescue groups, three of Peg's books are co-authored by Pete the Cat."
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