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Escaping The Giant Wave

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,932 ratings  ·  321 reviews
The Worst Vacation Ever!

Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. Kyle's perfect vacation becomes a nightmare while he's babysitting his sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits the coast and starts a fire in their hotel. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?
Paperback, 151 pages
Published 2005 by Scholastic (first published 2003)
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Ben W.
Jan 19, 2012 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!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 28, 2008 added it
i thought this book had a lot of adventure and peg kehret wrapped it up with a great ending.
Tyler Button
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thirteen year old Kyle is excited for his family vacation. He gets to fly on a plane for the first time and see the Pacific Ocean during their visit to Oregon's coast. As they are checking into the hotel Kyle sees a bully, Daren, from school. When Kyle’s parents go to an awards ceremony out on a large ship off the coast, they leave him to watch his sister, BeeBee, for the night. An earthquake hits and the hotel is on fire. They see Daren and try to help him get outside. Free from the flames, the ...more
Sep 14, 2012 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
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Houle
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Escaping The Giant Wave is a great book by the author Peg Kehret. This book is a good action and adventure book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat wanting to read more. This book is another great book from the author Peg Kehret who is great at making these types of books. If you are the type of person who likes adventure then you will love this book. Escaping the Giant Wave is just about this family who goes to a hotel and then a huge tsunami hits them and they are trying to esc ...more
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
Mari Anne
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 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
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
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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:-)
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: obob-2017, 2016
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.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a suspenseful page turner. I booktalked it to a class of 4th grade students and the boys were very interested in this one since it is short, the main character is a boy and it's about a natural disaster. The book also has elements that are very typical of a fifth or 6th grade boy. There's looking after his younger sister, being bullied by another boy at school and on vacation, etc.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books, survival
This book portrayed the fictional experience of surviving an earthquake, fire, and Tsunami without your parents.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peg Kehret really knows how to write adventure books for kids- exciting and smart. I will be recommending this one, along with her others, to my students.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I like this book but i also dislike this book. I dislike this book because it is so easy to predict witch is bad because it makes for it a less interesting book. This book is good because it has a clear lesson and lots of adventure so its good for people who like adventure books. But by looking at this cover i thought this was going to be more like hatchet where they are stuck in the wild.
Travis Montgomery
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book it was good because it was adventurous and had some action also I liked it because the characters didn't give p from escaping the big wave and soon they found there mom and dad. I would give this a 4
Ashlynn Amdor
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
What caught my eye first: The eyes, above the giant wave on the cover. Also, the title, given this year's horrendous tsunami in Japan, and the ever-present danger of tsunami on the Oregon coast. (After Turtle in Paradise, my last week's MMGM, with its hurricane, perhaps I'm in a bit of a natural disaster rut!)

Wonderful things about this book: a) The disaster factor. Peg Kehret throws her characters into the most terrifying situations (an earthquake, a hotel fire, and then not one but TWO tsunami
Aug 12, 2012 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 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
" Escaping the Giant Wave"
The book "Escaping the Giant Wave" is written by Peg Kehret who is also the author of Small steps the year I got polio. Kyle is 13 years old and is excited to go to the Oregon coast for a vacation with his family. He thought he could be away from the bully in his school, Draen Hazeloton. When they reached the hotel in the coast, they realized that the hotel that they were supposed to stay in was still under construction. So they had to stay in an old hotel called the T
Olivia R
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Texas State Poder
"class write 4 goals that you want to accomplish this summer''said the teacher. well.... that's going to be hard well anyway....
1.raise my batting goal
2.learn to pop a wheelie on my scooter
3.get my mom and dad to increase my allowance
4.make Daren to leave me alone
I guess i can complete this during the summer.
"We are going to go to Oregon for vacation''my parents announced
"Kyle what do you think does it sound fun''. ''I guess''
our parents said that his boss had said that we were going to Orego
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
This was a book some of my students [7th grade] were assigned for a book club, so I read along with them to make sure that I could add support to their understanding and analysis of the text. [following reader's workshop models for signposts]

The plot was good. I was pretty surprised at points throughout the text that made it more into something that a twelve year-old might enjoy reading. People actually die in this book and that realism helped solidify the story.

A lot of students that saw me r
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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."
“ that I had finally confronted him, he had lost his power over me.” 12 likes
“Fear that comes from personal experience is far more real than fear based on someone else's ordeal.” 8 likes
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