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Stolen by the Sea

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A young girl survives the worst hurricane in
American hisrory.
Maggie McKenna loves the sea, and being able to swim in the gulf and walk along the seashore with her father. Her time with him is so precious, in fact, that she fiercely envies her unborn sibling, and even Felipe, the local errand boy. When her father has to take her mother to Houston to see the doctor, Maggie
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Walker Childrens (first published 2001)
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Adriane Devries
“’The storm,” she said, and she looked down at her feet. “The tormenta changes everything.’

‘Yes,’ said Felipe. ‘The tormenta changes everything.’”

This is an historic fiction of two children whose social circles would normally not have intertwined: she is a rich white girl, daughter of a bank magnate, with everything she could ever want; he is an orphaned Hispanic boy who must work for her father for his meager existence, saving his wages in the hopes of bringing his Grandparents to live with him
Wealthy, twelve-year-old Maggie lives in a large house in Galveston, Texas, with her parents in 1900. Lately, Maggie has felt ignored by her parents. The attention her father gives to Felipe, an orphan boy who does chores for the family, makes her believe he would prefer a son. Now that her mother is pregnant, she fears the new baby will take her place in her parents' hearts. When her father takes her mother to the doctor in Houston, Maggie is left alone with the elderly, sickly housekeeper and ...more
Dan Rogers
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. Although I pride myself on being fairly conversant on the most well known aspects of history, there are still so many lesser known stories which lend themselves to a good novel that I could read for days on end and never go over the same material twice. Stolen by the Sea is one of these lesser known stories. This story is about a massive hurricane which struck Galveston Texas in the early 20th century, leveling a fair amount of the city. S ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book apparently was started by the author's husband, who died before he could complete it. Myers finished it, but I think it needed a LOT of editorial work. The suspense, the feeling of impending danger/doom, just isn't there, and it should be, as the Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed thousands of people. Descriptions of rising water, for example, are not accompanied by descriptions of rain and wind, wind whipping the waves, blowing against the house, drowning out their words, maybe blowin ...more
Medeia Sharif
Maggie has been feeling marginalized. Her mother is pregnant and her father has been showering attention on Felipe, a boy from Mexico who helps around the house. When Maggie’s father takes her mother to the doctor, she has to work with Felipe to save others during the devastating hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. The storm is worse than they predicted. The waters rise and rise, destroying homes and lives around them. This is a heart-pounding, historical, MG novel. The storm, the horre ...more
A very different portrayal of the Galveston Hurricane from the point of view of a young girl. The author is right on with the jealously from the young girl and with portrayal of the orphanage. Though I marked this as primary, anyone interested in the Galveson Hurricane would enjoy this short read.
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4-6 historical hurricanes
RL 620. An amazing story of the Gavelston hurricane and a (fictional) girl who survives it. A good read for hurricane season-- depending on where you live. I'm glad to be inland.
Daksh Seth
Was a awesome book but if it was longer and was more described would have been perfect
Kaitlyn S
I didn't think I would like it, but I really did. Another great book!
This book is real and very sad, which makes it an amazing book.
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