Death Wind

Death Wind

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by William Bell
     
 

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Allie's life has just taken a turn for the worse. Not only do her parents fight all the time, but she is failing classes at school and she thinks she may be pregnant. Unable to face her parents, she decides to run away. She hooks up with her friend Razz, a professional skateboarder, and goes on the road. When confrontations put Allie in danger, Razz and Allie head… See more details below

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Allie's life has just taken a turn for the worse. Not only do her parents fight all the time, but she is failing classes at school and she thinks she may be pregnant. Unable to face her parents, she decides to run away. She hooks up with her friend Razz, a professional skateboarder, and goes on the road. When confrontations put Allie in danger, Razz and Allie head toward home and right into the path of a tornado. To survive the horror and destruction that follow the storm, she must find her inner strength.

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KLIATT
With three failing grades, a failed relationship and a missed period eclipsing her future, Allie can't see any way out of trouble but to escape her surroundings. After pinning a goodbye note to her pillow, Allie takes off, leaving a self-involved ex-boyfriend, bad grades and bickering parents behind. She heads off to the Ontario Skateboarding Championship with her best friend, champion skateboarder Razz, but life for Allie doesn't become any easier. A skateboarder named "Slammer" has it in for her, and she still hasn't gotten her period. Just when Allie believes it can't get any worse, dark storm clouds appear on the horizon, followed by a "death wind." Allie returns home to find her town devastated. In an effort to help with relief efforts, Allie finds strength inside herself that she never knew she had. While neither developed enough in character nor detailed enough in plot, Death Wind proves a quick and easy read with enough momentum to keep readers turning the pages—a good choice for the reluctant reader. It provides an interesting glimpse at Canada's May 1985 Barrie tornado from inside the "eye of the storm" and ultimately, a personal reconciliation and hopeful resolution that one can only wish actually happens in real life. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Orca, Soundings, 92p.,
— Lynne Remick
Children's Literature
Allie has failed three of her four subjects, and she might be pregnant. Her solution for avoiding a confrontation with her parents is to run away with a skateboarding friend (Razz) who is going on tour. When Razz must return home to tape an interview, Allie is uncertain whether she should go home to her parents. All plans change when a tornado hits the town just before they arrive. By the time she is reunited with her parents, a more mature Allie realizes that she can deal with any problem she might encounter. Teens might identify with some of the situations and might enjoy the fact that the tornado descriptions are based on a real tornado that the author faced, but the characters are shallow and not fully developed. Descriptions of the tornado are vivid, but only one short paragraph is devoted to the devastating effect on Allie's house. The plot appears contrived and weak with no satisfying resolution. A scene where Allie saves a child is the most captivating part. Reluctant readers might enjoy this book because it is short and jumps from one situation to another, but many teachers require more pages for a book report or reading credit. The author's note at the end of the book adds credibility to the events depicted and gives readers some insight into the author's purpose. 2002, Orca Soundings/Orca Book Publishers,
— Marilyn Walls
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Frustrated by her parents' constant arguing and fearful about their probable reactions to her plummeting grades and likely pregnancy, Allie runs away with her friend Razz, who goes on tour as a competitive skateboarder. Her escape, however, is brief. After Razz wins a major competition, the teens must return to their hometown so that he can do an interview with local reporters. Worse troubles loom overhead when a tornado devastates Allie's neighborhood and destroys her house. She makes her way through the wreckage, attempting to find her parents, and in the process finds strength she never knew she had. Death Wind is a fast-paced, exciting work, but it offers little beyond the surface. Characters remain shallow, and problems are resolved easily. The mood, however, remains tense and readers are kept enough on edge to see the story through to the end. Reluctant readers interested in skateboarding may be drawn to it, but they'll probably forget it soon after they read it. A secondary purchase.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"The action is vivid throughout, particularly the anguish of the aftermath of the tornado...The story should appeal to both male and female readers even though the protagonist is female."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696024
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The woman's dress was ripped and her tears made white streaks in the dirt on her face. She stared into the mass of jumbled lumber. Allie could hear a baby wailing from somewhere in the mess.

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