Erased by a Tornado!

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Mikias Mohammed was doing homework in his college dorm room. Around 7:00 P.M. he heard warning sirens. He and the other students at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, knew what the sirens meant. A tornado was dangerously close. Soon it crashed its way through the school. Mikias was buried under what was once the walls and ceiling of his room. He would have to claw his way out.

Look inside to find out more about Mikias and other survivors of tornadoes who narrowly escaped death. You'll also discover what causes these natural disasters, where they occur and-most important-how to stay safe if one is heading your way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A Union University student gives a first-hand account of clawing his way out of a building struck by a tornado as this book in the "Disaster Survivors" series begins. A photo of twisted debris and one of a student being loaded onto an ambulance bring the event close to the reader. The fast-paced but easy-to-read text is guaranteed to keep readers turning the pages of this book that has an interest level of grades two to seven. The reading level is set at third grade and written concisely to help with comprehension. Photos work closely with the text and fact boxes on fascinating subjects add interesting tidbits. Twelve two-page spreads cover many tornado-related topics including information about how anything can happen when unpredictable weather appears and a spread showing bizarre photos, like a fork stuck in a tree after a tornado tossed it there. Maps and charts enhance the text. Children will be intrigued by a spread about chasing tornados and will relate to one about the steps to take to prepare for a disaster. Back pages include one about famous tornadoes and one about tornado safety. A glossary, other resources, and an index round out the book. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Students with a penchant for the extreme will relish the dangerous situations described in these fact-filled works, whose first-person accounts add nail-biting immediacy. The books describe some of the same threats as those covered in ABDO’s “Weather Watchers,” but here the pitch of the content and the appetite of the audience are a perfect match. While focusing on one survivor’s experiences before, during, and after events such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Chicago’s deadly 1995 heat wave, the books also relate the history of the event and similar disasters, and scientific cause and effect. While the authors don’t gloss over human suffering, including the poverty that exacerbated tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina, they refrain from political commentary. Large, clear color photographs and effective scientific diagrams add to the successful presentations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936087525
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Disaster Survivors Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,526,182
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Remembering a Disaster 4

Surviving the Twister 6

A Huge Outbreak 8

Anything Can Happen 10

Tornado Weather 12

A Spinning Giant 14

The Fastest Winds on Earth 16

The Deadliest Tornado 18

Bizarre Sights 20

Chasing the Storm 22

Preparing for the Unexpected 24

Rebuilding a Community 26

Famous Tornadoes 28

Tornado Safety 29

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31


Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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