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Escaping the Giant Wave

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,106 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Kyle thought a family vacation on the coast would be great . . . until the evening his parents leave him in charge of his younger sister, BeeBee, and an earthquake starts a fire in their hotel! As they flee, a giant tsunami wave crashes over the hotel and the town, charging up the hillside where the children are running for their lives.(AR) For ages 8-12.Available only in ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 160 pages
Published January 12th 2003 by Thorndike Press (first published 2003)
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Ben W.
Jan 25, 2012 Ben W. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
i thought this book had a lot of adventure and peg kehret wrapped it up with a great ending.
Tyler Button
Jan 10, 2011 Tyler Button rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2013 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  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
Paige Horrie
Escaping the giant wave is a very awesome book! If you like suspense this is definitely the book for you. Thirteen year old Kyle is definitely experiencing something he has never experienced before. Will this be the vacation of a lifetime or the vacation from a nightmare?? I recommend you read this book and any other Peg Kehret books! Also, i hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more reviews for Peg Kehret's books! ENJOY!
Nanci Booher
I had never read Peg Kehret before (my apologies to Peg:-) and for the 2016-17 OBOB list, she has 2 books. This one is fiction--although I'm sure it could be close to non-fiction--about a family who takes a family vacation to the Oregon Coast. Nothing, however, could prepare Kyle for the earthquake and following tsunami that happens. I think that kids will like the suspense and action and see that even through the worst of times, something good can happen. (no spoilers here:-)
Sophia Houle
Jul 29, 2011 Sophia Houle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 01, 2012 Lisa Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-s

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
During the exposition of this story, Kyle was still in schhol. It was the end of the year and his teacher gave his class an assignment to achieve three goals over the summer. Kyle chose to try to raise his batting average to over .250, learn how to pop a wheelie on his scooter, get his parents to raise his allowance, and also he decided that he was going to make a boy named Daren Hazelton leave him alone. Daren was a bully that Kyle was in conflict with throughtout the story. So one day Kyle's p ...more
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Mari Anne
Oct 21, 2011 Mari Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
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
Nick Bilotti
Oct 24, 2014 Nick Bilotti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escaping the Giant Wave Review
In the marvelous novel Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret, you travel with the Davidson family from Kansas to the Oregon Coast. The Davidsons are your average lower class family taking their first real vacation for Mr. Davidson's work party. What the family didn’t know was that this was a vacation they would never be able to forget… But not for a good reason. While Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are on a luxury cruise boat in the Pacific Ocean, Kyle is forced to watch hi
Olivia R
Oct 30, 2015 Olivia R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall2015

Escaping the Giant Wave is about Kyle and BeeBee are going on a family vacation for their parents work to Oregon Coast. Little did they know a tsunami was on its way. The main characters are Kyle, BeeBe, and Daren. Daren is Kyle's bully and Kyle thought that this summer he would finally stand up to Daren once he gets back from Oregon Coast. Kyle finds out that Darren's parents work with Kyle’s because Darren was in Oregon on the same work trip as Kyle's parents. Does Kyle face Daren? Or does he
Jul 18, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obob-2017
Fast-paces and quick read the if anything seemed a bit brief in spots. This also reads like a great survival handbook with general survival principles at play as the characters react to an earthquake and tsunami. This packed in some heart too with certain relationships. Highly recommended summer read, and a nice OBOB selection that will generate a ton of questions despite the shorter length.
Lindsay D.
Apr 30, 2014 Lindsay D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, elementary-age
I gave this four stars instead of three because of the importance of the subject matter and how much my 9 year old enjoyed this book. (We listened to it together on CD in the car) While I found the writing eye-rollingly simple at times and the plot convoluted with every possible disaster (a classroom bully, an earthquake, a fire, a tsunami, lack of food/water after a disaster, being alone in the woods, etc.), my son ate it up. This is basically a disaster manual for kids but written in story for ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Sijal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After a while Kyle and Beebee experienced the second tsunami and it was harsh for several reasons. First, surviving without an adult is difficult. In addition, they were scared. For example, Kyle and Beebee were separated from their parents, and they were scared to die alone. These are the reasons why when Kyle and Beebee experienced the tsunami it was harsh for them.

To act like Kyle during a tsunami, will be the scariest thing that a person could experience during their life. First, the person
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.
May 30, 2016 Avalon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, survival
This book portrayed the fictional experience of surviving an earthquake, fire, and Tsunami without your parents.
Narrated by Terry Bregy. Any kid reading this will never forget how to respond to a tsunami threat. They'll also learn about how earthquakes and tsunamis are tied together, and the destructive power of a tsunami. As in her other kid thrillers, Kehret has crafted a fast-paced story that will appeal to avid and reluctant readers alike. I wasn't sure about narrator Bregy who started out sounding way too old to voice 13-year-old Kyle. But I ended up being drawn into the story and probably due in par ...more
Sydney Schultz
Jan 10, 2016 Sydney Schultz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is about a boy named Kyle and he is really excited for his family trip but one night when his parents are on a yacht for work he has to watch his younger sister BeeBee and an earthquake starts to happen and then Kyle remembers that after an earthquake go uphill because a tsunami follows after the earthquake so Kyle and his sister start heading uphill. Read the story to find out what happens to Kyle and BeeBee and their parents. Lastly I recommend this story because it is really good an ...more
Ashlynn Amdor
Mar 23, 2016 Ashlynn Amdor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, Escaping the Giant Wave. It was about a 13 year old boy named Kyle, his younger sister Beebee, and his mom and dad. Kyle's dad wins salesman of the year and earns a trip to Oregon. The fly there and have a great time. Another couple and there kid tagged along and they just so happened to be the parents of a boy in Kyle's class who bullied him. Kyle thought that the vacation was ruined but tried to avoid him. Kyle's parents decided to go on a cruise while Kyle stayed at the hotel ...more
The book escaping the giant wave by Peg kehret was a really good book.I love books that talk about natural disasters.The main settings was that they were at a resort and a earthquake hit them which caused a tsunami. It hit them hard because they were at the shoreline.The main characters were kylie, her little sister bee bee and her mom and dad.It was a really touching story.There parents die by the tsunami.I liked this book but I will not recommend this to another friend.It's very touching and s ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2010 Dreamergirl99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 13, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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