Devil Storm

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Called by PW ``a splendid affirmation of an earlier promise of talent,'' this enthralling adventure story--replete with vivid characterizations--concerns a boy and his sister who become caught up in a life-threatening hurricane. Ages 9-12. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9 In this suspenseful story the lives of the Carroll family, watermelon farmers in Bolivar, Texas, in 1900, and an old tramp named Tom become intertwined with the Galveston Flood and the legend of Jean Lafitte. Thirteen-year-old Walter Carroll and his younger sister, Alice, encounter Tom, an old black man reputed by local folks to be a dangerous madman and the son of the pirate Lafitte, as they roam the beach near their farm. He enthralls them with stories which frighten and delight them and seems to the children to be a gentle, if strange, man. Their periodic encounters with Tom over the next few months are set against a backdrop of farm work and their mother's all-consuming grief at the death of their brother the year before. The first half of the novel, in which readers come to know the Carroll family and something of old Tom, moves slowly, but the second half of the book builds to a fever pitch of intensity as the story parallels the rising waters of the storm and flood. In alternating chapters revealing Mr. Carroll's danger as he is trapped in Galveston and Tom's rescue of the rest of the family, Nelson carefully moves the story to an emotional climax and a heartwarming conclusion. Young people who demand action and emotion in their adventure stories will find the novel engrossing once they get into the story. The book is marred only by a slow beginning too filled with vague characters who speak in wooden dialect and cliched language. Once Nelson gets comfortably into the story, the language changes; the characters take on real life, and the inherent drama of the tragedy takes over. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595144136
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 772,754
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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