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Earthquake Terror

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,230 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
When Jonathan and his family go camping on Magpie Island, they look forward to a fun, relaxing weekend. But their fun quickly vanishes when Jonathan, his sister, Abby, and their dog, Moose, find themselves in the middle of a natural disaster. A devastating earthquake has hit, destroying their camper, knocking out the only bridge to the mainland, and leaving Jonathan, Abby, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1996)
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Mar 25, 2015 Hope rated it it was amazing
it was a really good book
Nov 28, 2012 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book on what to do in a disaster. I really connected and felt for the main character Jonathan because of the stress he was under and how well he dealt with it. Jonathan and his family are camping on an island and his mother gets hurt. His dad takes his mom to the hospital leaving he, his sister abby who uses a walker, and the dog alone. An earthquake his and the camper is crushed and Abby's walker breaks. Jonathan fights to keep he, his sister, and his dog alive. I hav ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Recognizepromise rated it really liked it
Jonathan and his younger sister Abby, who uses a walker because her legs are weak, are left alone on an island while camping because their parents have to rush to the hospital after their mother breaks her ankle. When an earthquake suddenly hits, Jonathan and Abby have to fight for survival.

Earthquake Terror is very exciting, suspenseful, and adventurous. Most of the book takes place from Jonathan's point of view, and shows his concern and frustration with his sister and her disability. A small
Jul 18, 2011 Terri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A family is camping on Magpie island. The mother breaks her ankle and the father takes her to the hospital. The two kinsd are supposed to stay in the camper and wait. Only an earthquake hits the island and washes out the bridge and a twelve year old boy much keep himself and his 6 year old disabled sister alive until they can be rescued. Fast pace and strong writing as to thoughts and feelings kept me turning pages. Excellent.
Jun 07, 2009 Annehobdy rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! It is kind of scary when you wonder what will happen to the kids, and if they will get rescued...
Dec 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
Earthquake Terror
by: Peg Kehret
book review
by: Tamiah J.
If you love adventurous books and books full of determination you should read EARTHQUAKE TERROR by Peg Kehret. You should read this book because you’ll feel sympathy for the characters. First, Mrs. Palmer breaks her ankle leaving the kids alone on Magpie Island. Next an earthquake occurred and the characters need to get off of the Magpie Island because when the earthquake happened it created a tree dam that caused the island to flood.
Aug 27, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it
When Jonathan Palmer and his family went on a camping trip to Magpie Island, they didn't expect to have the adventure of their lives. Mrs. Palmer injured her ankle, so Mr. Palmer had to take her to the hospital, leaving Jonathan and his dog Moose to babysit for his physically handicapped sister.

About an hour after his parents left, Jonathan noticed how quiet the island had become. No magpies cawed, no leaves rustled overhead. Suddenly Moose barked his warning bark, and Jonathan heard a deep rumb
Dec 06, 2014 Tyler rated it it was amazing
When Jonathan and his family go camping, they expect to have fun. But their fun quickly vanishes when an earthquake hits. The characters are Jonathan, Abby, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, Moose, and the research team. The characteristics of Jonathan are that he's mature. Abby is half-paralyzed. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are complicated and Moose is a loyal dog.

The story happens on the island, Kendra, underwater, river, Beaverville, and the Helicopter.The theme of the novel is that nature is stronger than man.
Cassa M.
Nov 11, 2012 Cassa M. rated it really liked it
Earthquake Terror
By peg Kehret
132 pages

Earthquake terror is about how Jonathan and his family go on a camping trip on an island. While they're there Jonathans mom brakes her ankle so his dad has to take his mom to the hopital off the island. Jonathan stays with his sister while his dad takes his mom to the hospital. But while their parents are gone and earthquake hits and there is no way for jonathan and his siseter Abby to get off the island. Jonathan has to help keep his siter alive an
May 12, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I remember reading the short version of this in my reading book when I was in fifth grade. I wondered what could possibly have happened to Jonathan and Abby after the earthquake hit. So much, in fact, that when the Scholastic Books mini catalog came out and I saw the book available to order, I got it. I was in the only one in my fifth grade class who cared to continue reading. It's been a few years now since I've read it, but this book still remains one of my all-time faves. Ms. Kehret never ski ...more
Emily Larson
I was a little skeptical about this, but had it recommended by another teacher. My students LOVED it. The pacing was perfect and almost every chapter leaves you desperately needing to know what happens next (and in a chapter-a-day format, anticipating the next day's read). The characters and their interactions were insightfully written, making fantastic material for class discussion about their feelings and motivations, how things look different from the perspective of different people, etc. A n ...more
Jackson Barnhart
Jan 05, 2016 Jackson Barnhart rated it it was amazing
Pretty good
Hannah Evilsizor
Apr 02, 2015 Hannah Evilsizor rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I was able to attach myself to the story very well. I could imagine my brother and I in this situation and how we would keep each other alive and safe. I think that this book would be a good connection for students when looking at natural disasters that happened today with the book and seeing what some strategies a person could do to stay safe. I liked also that everyone in the book had their own challenges such as Abby having to use a walker because of her legs, but ...more
Chris Meads
Mar 16, 2015 Chris Meads rated it really liked it
A family with two children decide to spend the day at the island that sits in the middle of a lake (or a river). One of the children, Abbey, has lost the use of her legs and uses a walker to get around. Her older brother, Jonathon, hates that he has to wait for her.

When Mom and Dad, Abbey and Jonathon make it to the edge of the lake, Mom heads out into the cold water with Jonathon and breaks her ankle. Dad and her hobble back to the car, leaving the two kids at the lake. The parents head back to
Megan Diffenderfer
Dec 19, 2014 Megan Diffenderfer rated it it was amazing
Timiya P.

Yes, I did like this book because it was adventurous. The characters are Jonathan, Abby, and Moose. Jonathan is courageous and Abby is helpless. Moose is faithful. The setting was Magpie Island, Beaverville, and Kendra. The time was the afternoon. When the earthquake happened,
Jonathan and Abby were on the island. Mr. Palmer and Mrs. Palmer were not there; they went to the hospital. Magpie Island was flooded and Jonathan and Abby were in a tree. Then they got out of the tree, they got
Dec 07, 2014 Emauney rated it liked it
The characters in the novel are Jonathan, Abby, Mrs. Palmer, Mr. Palmer. Also, the setting of this book is Magpie Island. The most important events in this novel is Mrs. Palmer's ankle is broken. And Mrs. Palmer had to go to the hospital, leaving Jonathan in charge. Then, there was an earthquake! Abby lost her walker. When they were walking back to the camper, Jonathan told Abby that the camper was smashed. Moreover, the bridge was broken. The Tuscan River started to overflow into Magpie Island, ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Tre rated it really liked it
In this book, first, the Palmer family - mom, dad, Jonathan, & Abby - went to Magpie Island campground. Then, Mrs. Palmer broke her ankle. Next, she was driving to the hospital by Mr. Palmer. After that, there was an earthquake. Soon, the island flooded. After, Abby and Jonathan floated on logs. Next, Jonathan and Abby split apart. Then Jonathan was knocked unconscious but was saved by their dog, Moose. Last, they were rescued and taken to the hospital where they all met up. The theme of thi ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Oscar rated it really liked it
The story takes place in Magpie Island. It looks like a forest because of all the redwood trees. The theme was nature's more powerful than man. It means that people can't control nature. In other words, people are weaker than nature. The main characters are Jonathan who is an athlete and a good swimmer. The characters of the book are Abby, who is paralyzed and Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, who are nice. The most important events are that Mrs. Palmer gets her ankle broken. Another important event is that ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Terrell rated it it was amazing
The characters are Abby, Moose, Mr. Palmer, Mrs. Palmer, and the main character is Jonathan. In the story, the setting takes place at Magpie Island with magpie birds, a camper, and a lake. The theme of this book is nature is more powerful than man because an earthquake hit and flooded the island. The events in the story were Jonathan's family got to Magpie Island, settled down, and went for a swim, Jonathan's mom broke her ankle, and Mr. Palmer drove her to the hospital without Jonathan and Abby ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
There are a lot of interesting characters in Earthquake Terror. One character is Jonathan. He is the main character, he is Abby's big brother, and is caring, active, helpful, and is a little impatient. Abby is Jonathan's little sister. She is paralyzed, but she is strong, and does not like water at all. Moose is their dog. He is active, loyal, and helpful. There is also Mr. and Ms. Palmer. They are Abby's and Jonathan's mom and dad. They are both protective parents. The story takes place on Magp ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Palmer is the main character in this story. He is 11 years old and is going camping on Magpie Island with his sister, Abby, and his mom and dad. A bridge connects Magpie Island to Northern California. In this novel it is a battle against nature and man.

In Earthquake Terror, Jonathan and Abby are left alone on Magpie Island when Mrs. Palmer breaks her ankle and has to get to the hospital fast. Unfortunately, an earthquake comes, the bridge is broken, and Jonathan and Abby are trapped! J
Jan 02, 2016 Charity rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I picked this book up because it is one of my wife's favorite childhood suspense/horror books. Reading it as if I were the age of 10 I could imagine this book sending me into a tail-spin of paranoia against earthquakes. The book is a story about survival, resourcefulness, and knowing how to stay calm so your baby sister doesn't go into an hysterical orbit about their predicament.

Jake and Abby are camping with their parents during the off-season in Northern California. Jake is a normal 12 year o
Sheila Myers
Jul 23, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm not sure how many kids enjoy this book, but I sure did. I thought both the characters and the plot were realistic. I think Peg Kehret hit on the perfect balance of action and background information so that kids (and adults) will get all the information they need to understand the people and events, but not get bored by a lack of excitement and action.
Jules Heberer
Apr 10, 2015 Jules Heberer rated it it was amazing
The fantasizing book, "Earthquake Terror" by Peg Kehret, really gets you thinking about how precious your life is. Jonathan and his family, the Palmers, and their dog, Moose, go on their summer vacation to Magpie Island. Little do they know, it's an abandoned island that no one ever goes to anymore. Mrs. Palmer had broken her ankle while walking in the lake. Mr. Palmer had to drive her to the nearest hospital. After Jonathan's parents had left, Jonathan and his little sister, Abby, had heard a s ...more
10-11 Tanner
Jan 11, 2011 10-11 Tanner rated it really liked it
Jonathan and his disabled sister, Abby are left by themselves on an island after their mother breaks her ankle. The parents leave to go get medical help thinking that they would be back shortly. Unfortunately an earthquake strikes and Jonathan must now save himself and sister. This is a great adventure story with many twists and turns. The book is a quite a page turner.
Emma Neelia
Jun 05, 2009 Emma Neelia rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book!
Tells all about two kids who are left alone in the forest camp for what is supposed to be two hours but turns out to be a whole day almost!
They are entirely alone on this island when an hugeearthquake strikes...
The kids are brave and struggle for survival, along with their faithful dog, who risks his life for them.
Oct 04, 2011 Caasie rated it it was amazing
this is a good book.
A family goes camping on magpie island, when their parents leave. After a day an earthquake occors and his sister fell, she has disabilitys with her legs so she cant get up. They escape, but no one can find them...
Peg Kehret writes some page turning butt kicking books!
Apr 21, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book, but I did! Definitely plot driven and fast paced. Just when you think it can't get any worse for siblings Jonathan and Abby, it does! I was in suspense the whole time-- good choice for reluctant readers who like survival stories.
Book Him Danno
Mar 01, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it liked it
The kids and I attended an author event for Peg Kehret, she's from my hometown. Shoe spoke about writing and about her life. We bought this book there and had it signed. We went home and started reading. We enjoyed the story and the insight the characters had.
Jun 24, 2011 Cassie rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Again, this book is by one of my favorite authors. I think it shows how children can take care of themselves in the sort of situations that they have to go through. So you should read it because it's pretty good.
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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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