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Hurricane by Terry Trueman
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Jan 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, multicultural-world-lit, grades-5-8, grade-5, grade-6, grade-7, grade-8
Read in October, 2009

This novel is a very quick and eye-opening read. It’s based on a real-life disaster, Hurricane Mitch, which killed thousands of people in Central America in 1998.

Just as in real-life disasters halfway around the world, for me, the people who die in this story register more as statistics than flesh and blood. 13-year-old José survives the disaster, and shares plenty of names of now-dead neighbors from his devastated village, along with glimpses of what they meant to him. But his own post-disaster adventures and emotions carry all the impact. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the details, but the plot seems believable, except in a few details. One of those details is the climax. Without giving too much away, it’s hard for me to envision what must have happened to the rest of the boy’s family.

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