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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  34 reviews
From humorist and storyteller Tom Bodett comes an adventure story about a brother and sister caught in a fierce Alaskan storm. "This gutsy, believable tale will have readers on the edge of their seats".--"Dallas Morning News".
Published October 10th 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published March 16th 1999)
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Susan Wight
Ivan and September live on an island with their fisherman father. When he is offered a few weeks work on a fishing boat, he plans for the kids to stay with their aunt on the mainland but they convince him they can be left alone. He leaves them with two rules: not to venture into the bay in their boat and Ivan is not to hook up his video game to the radio batteries. You know what happens - Ivan is tempted by the video game, blows the batteries up and they kids decide to row to the mainland and re ...more
i read this for a book report in 6th grade...ehh... not the best
Wayne S.
Do you know what a “williwaw” is? Thirteen-year-old September Crane, and her twelve-year-old brother, Ivan, live at Steamer Cove on Bag Bay in Alaska. Their mother died one night some seven years ago in a williwaw, the dreaded violent windstorm that sweeps across the bay especially in the fall of the year. Their father is a commercial fisherman who has to be away from home, so the two teens, who are homeschooled, are often left to themselves for periods of time. If something ever happens while t ...more
Jenny Karraker
I enjoyed the author's End of the Road, a collection of funny stories about various characters in his hometown of Homer, Alaska. So when I saw this at Good Will, I thought I'd give it a read. I didn't realize it was a young reader book, but still enjoyed the predictable story. The authors descriptions of the land, sunsets, bears and orcas, the often odd characters that choose to live in such an out-of-the-way area, weather patterns around the sea, as well as family dynamics of a single Dad tryin ...more
September and Ivan lived with their father on a bay in remote Alaska. It was 14 miles across the bay to the nearest town. Their father would spent a week at a time on fishing and crab boats out of Dutch Harbor. During those times they were left alone to harvest food, and take care of the home so that they could live through the next winter. On this trip, their father was offered a job to stay out longer. He wanted money to build a boat of their own. Things went well until Ivan wired their radios ...more
A great book for the arm-chair thrill seekers. A brother and sister are left alone for a few weeks in their Alaskan home while single dad goes to work on a fishing boat. After frying the radios, the kids' only means of communication to the outside world, they head into town on their small boat to get them repaired. Town is an hour's ride away across a protected bay, but when the wind blows in the right direction, it produces a williwaw, the type of windstorm that took their mother's life years b ...more
Great story, for 8-15yr olds, set in Alaska, with adventure, action, orcas, bears, otters, boats, and video game competitions. Kids being kids, as well as doing some really cool stuff most of us just get to dream about. Where Harry Potter is doing cool things in an imaginary world, these kids are having real-life escapades and adventures. The slice-of-life descriptions are well written: of the people and natural beauty around them; the relationship with their father; and with the other main adul ...more
Lisa Rathbun
Not a bad story at all and a fun glimpse into living off the land in Alaska. My biggest problem was that the cover of the book showed kids in a boat on the ocean and said, "They're two kids in a tiny boat. Can they survive Alaska's fiercest storm." I spent the whole book waiting for the Williwaw part, which didn't start until chapter 15 out of 18. That left me glossing over too much of the book as I kept waiting for the "main part" to start. I think I would have just marketed it a little differe ...more
As a true bookworm, I can say without bias that this book was without a doubt, exceedingly, indubitably.... horrible.

The only time that this brother and sister duo is out at sea is within the last 10 pages of the novel... if you would call it that. I read this book a few years ago in fifth grade as a requirement, and the book made us kids miserable. It was poorly paced with no major, gripping plot whatsoever. I don't know anyone personally that enjoyed the book, and I'm shocked that this book
Read this on to your kids. You will all enjoy it.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Do you like action and adventure? Then you'll love Williwaw! Brother and sister, Ivan and September, are often left alone in their small Alaskan town while their dad leaves on fishing trips to earn a living. They take care of the chores, independently take a boat from their isolated home into the small town, and learn about powerful weather. Read this to learn about a world completely different from that in Sunnyvale.
Reading with Danielle. She is reading this book for lit circle at school (also a Battle Book).

This was an excellent precautionary tale of how you need to follow rules that parents set for you (they usually have a good reason). Also illustrates how much trouble it is to cover-up after you have done wrong (one lie leads to another, etc...).
I had a fun afternoon listening to this book while I did some major baking. I liked the characters and the adventure. I wanted to shake the kids as I listened to some of the scrapes they got into, but then, I'm an adult. Kids 5th and 6th grade and up will really enjoy this. Might be a good one to read aloud.
This book is about a couple of homeschool kids who deal with some dangerous conditions related to weather and the bay they live on in Alaska. They have lost their mother and there father is away. Interesting setting for an enjoyable young adult novel. Plus, you've just got to like a word like "Williwaw"!
May 11, 2008 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: alaska nerds, kids
Shelves: alaska, ya-kiddie
great kids book. felt silly reading it on BART, etc. but it's about alaska so i couldn't resist. i like reading a children's book every now and then, and when i learned tom bodett lived in alaska for 23 years, this was the first of his books i picked up. it made me want to live out in the bush!
Another boring book I had to read in elementary school, sixth grade I think, why anyone considers this an interesting read for anyone is beyond me. It's too bad there are not very many good books for kids grade third through six.
Williwaw! was an enjoyable story about two resourceful kids in Alaska. Tom Bodett had a delightfully vivid way of describing Alaska. I also liked his narration. I'd love to read about September and Ivan again in another book.
Donna K
I loved this book but as a read aloud it had mixed reviews. Some students were anxious for it to end but some loved it. We voted and the class chose not to abandon it. I suspect I love it so much because it is about Alaska.
Michael Fidalgo
I read this while in the 5th grade. I was very much surprised at how good it was. Highly entertaining, emotional, and action filled. I got a lot from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Listening to Tom Bodet tell this tale, added to the excitement of the story. The story relates life in the Alaska and the challenges of growing up.
Great story for families.
I really liked the book, but the actual storm part is very small. I thought that was the focus of the book, but it's really about them living on the island.
September & brother Ivan make choices for survival in the Alaska semi-wilderness while their father finishes his commercial fishing job.
A great read about the trials and tribulations of decision making as a youth with a taste of adventure.
Edgar quintanilla
i recommend this book because it shows how stubborn and selfish people could be.
Tense sections and adventure/survival but a bit predictable.
Courtney Sharp
It was a very good book! To bad the mom died.
Such acute story; really short, but sweet.
Nancy C.
An exciting fourth grade and up read.
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Tom Bodett is an American author, voice actor and radio host. He is also the current spokesman for the hotel chain Motel 6 and is famous for popularizing the phrase, "We'll leave the light on for you".
A native of Sturgis, Michigan, Bodett had previously provided commentary for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and was a regular columnist for the webzine Mr. Showbiz. He also did the
More about Tom Bodett...
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