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Escaping the Giant Wave

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  2,448 Ratings  ·  284 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean. But 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. While fighting their way through the smoke and flame, ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Audio Bookshelf (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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  ·  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
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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
May 09, 2013 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
Sophia Houle
Jun 11, 2011 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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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
Lisa Nelson
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 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.
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.
Apr 24, 2012 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.
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.
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Jesus S
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character Kyle goes to Oregon for the summer on a beach. But while he's there parents leave Kyle and his sister at the hotel while they are out on a date. But when they leave, there is a strong earthquake that destroys some buildings including the one they are in. But Kyle is worried because that beach is known for tsunami's. So he and his sister climbed a hill in order to avoid the tsunami. While they are climbing the hill they meet some old people who are trying to escape the tsunami ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story - but I know 5th graders who love it! The adventure, the suspense, and the fact that it takes place on my beloved Oregon Coast make this a great read. The short length isn't too overwhelming for reluctant readers. A great book to recommend and an exciting read-aloud.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obob
There was nothing spectacular about this except perhaps the fact that the main character was smart and sensible and kept his head in a crisis and didn't give in to peer pressure. I applaud him for that.
Story sucked me in immediately, I was never bored. Little depth and texture to the writing. What I do think is that many 4-6th grade boys, and a few girls, will find the main character relatable. Reads quickly. Good novel for reluctant readers.
Sheila Myers
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
This is a nice little drama/adventure for kids. I enjoyed the story as well as the way Peg Kehret included lessons on kids taking their responsibilities seriously and dealing with bullies.
Mason Olsen
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool that it was set in the Oregon Coast near where we live! Good tips to survive a Tsunami
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
Dec 12, 2014 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
Nick Bilotti
Oct 23, 2014 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
Apr 10, 2013 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
Two of Kehret's books are picks for 2016 OBOB. Giant wave is an informative and fast paced book about a Pacific NW tsunami and a siblings survival story.
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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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