Hurricane Harry

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It's Harry Kane's best year yet! What a year in the life of Harry Kane!

First, his family moves to a new town. Then, he goes to school for the first time — but ends up in second grade instead of kindergarden. Next, he gets to take care of his very first pet — a turtle namded Personality. And that's just the begining of the year that's turning out to have one adventure after another.

Turning five years old, Harry faces the ...

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Overview

It's Harry Kane's best year yet! What a year in the life of Harry Kane!

First, his family moves to a new town. Then, he goes to school for the first time — but ends up in second grade instead of kindergarden. Next, he gets to take care of his very first pet — a turtle namded Personality. And that's just the begining of the year that's turning out to have one adventure after another.

Turning five years old, Harry faces the challenges of moving to a new house, acquiring a pet turtle, and starting kindergarten.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harry Kane's kindergarten year brings some big changes to his life, including his family's move from an apartment to a house. To smooth this transition, Harry's father buys him a small turtle, which later meets its demise when it goes through the washer and dryer with the laundry. But the spunky Harry learns to deal with the death of his pet and survives several other minor traumas, such as rescuing an elderly neighbor who has fallen in her home, visiting his hospitalized grandmother and--in one of the novel's funnier moments--taking a seat in the wrong classroom on the first day in his new school. The characters in Caseley's ( Dear Annie ; Harry and Willy and Carrothead ) novel are unusually well-defined and convincing, and children will immediately enter into the adventures of the warm-hearted Kane family. Each chapter is self-contained, which will enable younger--or resistant--readers to digest the novel in shorter segments. Ages 6-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- This pleasant offering doesn't meet Johanna Hurwitz's standard for irresistible chapter books, but it's an acceptable addition to shelves for independent readers. When Harry Kane was little, his name was run together into a perfect description of the energetic preschooler, and he remained Hurricane Harry ever after. In the first chapter, the Kane family meets to discuss an imminent move from apartment to house, but readers won't know whether they are changing communities (only the blurb on the jacket reveals that the family leaves the city for the country). The lack of clarity makes it hard to interpret the events that follow or appreciate the drama of the situation: school starts; Harry's sister deposits him accidentally in a second-grade classroom even though he is a kindergartner. Nonetheless, Harry's a likable kid. When a new pet turtle ventures into a load of wash and is found dead in the dried clothes, Harry's grief is authentic and moving. A story told in easy language with lots of dialogue and humor, but with little tension. --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688125493
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Beech Tree ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 106
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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Chapter One

When Harry Kane was little, he climbed to the top of the monkey bars and roared so ferociously that the birds flew out of the nearby trees. "He's like a wild animal," his mother said to the lady sitting next to her, but she laughed at the end, so Harry knew it wasn't true. Besides, that day he was pretending he was a lion, Harry Kane, King of the Jungle.

He roared again and his mother called out, "Harry Kane!" very firmly, to make him stop. He pretended he was deaf like Uncle Herman, and his

mother repeated "Harry Kane!" even louder. When Harry roared so fiercely that he made a baby cry, his mother cried "Harry Kane!" three times fast, so fast that the boy next to him said, "Is your name really Hurricane?"

"Yes," Harry answered, "Hurricane Harry." He liked the way it sounded ... fast and funny and ferocious.

When Harry told Grandma Rebecca he was Hurricane Harry, she agreed. "Sometimes you're too fast for your own good," said Grandma when he jumped over the magazine rack and almost knocked down the rubber plant. "Hurricane Harry, you're a terror," Grandma called, but she was smiling, so Harry knew she didn't really mind.

Harry Kane wasn't little anymore, but he still liked to think of himself as Hurricane Harry. He had finished two afternoons a week at Happy Time Nursery, and it was summer. His mother told him that when the swimming stopped and summer was over, he would start kindergarten.

Harry's sister Dorothy had just finished the first grade, and she was very proud to be entering the second.

"Kindergarten is no big deal," she told Harry. "Not like the second grade. That's real school, where you alreadyknow how to read and write and everything."

Harry didn't believe her. After all, he would be at school all day, five days a week, and no lunches with his mother. He thought that was a very big deal.

One day, Harry's mother called them in from the playground outside the window. "They're leaving, Leah, 11 she told her neighbor, an old lady who was keeping an eye on them. "You can take a rest now!" Leah waved and watched while Harry and Dorothy ran into the apartment building and up the stairs.

It was a family conference, and even Chloe was there. Chloe was the oldest, and going into third grade, so she usually got to pick where she sat on the couch. She chose the end by the plump pink cushion. Pink was her favorite color. Dorothy sat in the middle, because she was the middle child, and because she liked keeping Harry and Chloe apart. There was less trouble that way.

The three of them sat quietly. Family conferences were important. The last one they had had was when Grandma was sick in the hospital, and that was a long time ago. She was better now.

Mrs. Kane cleared her throat and said we're going to move."

"To a house," said Mr. Kane quickly. "In about a month.

Dorothy and Chloe didn't say a word. But Harry said, "I like our apartment."

"I know you do," said Mrs. Kane gently. "But in the new house you won't have to share a room with Dorothy. You'll have your own room."

"But I sing with Dorothy at night," said Harry.

"He's right," said Dorothy. "We sing a lot."

"You can sing before you go to bed," said Mrs. Kane. "In the new living room."

"But Dorothy keeps me from getting scared," said Harry.

"He's right," said Dorothy. "I do."

"We'll buy you each a nice night-fight," said Mr. Kane. "A Mickey Mouse night-light."

"No, thank you," said Harry.

"No, thank you," said Dorothy.

Chloe took her pink pillow and threw it on the floor, just like that. "I won't go," she said. "I won't leave my friends."

"I'm afraid you'll have to," said Mrs. Kane, picking up the pillow. "You'll make new friends."

"We won't go!" said Chloe, and she leaned against Dorothy, and Dorothy leaned against Harry

"You'll get used to the idea," said Mr. Kane, and he pushed himself out of the armchair. "How about some ice -cream?"

No one said a word. Finally, Harry said, "With chocolate sauce? "

"With chocolate sauce," said his father.

"And no Mickey Mouse," said Harry

"What do you mean?" said Mr. Kane.

"No Mickey Mouse night-light," said Harry. "I want a light in the shape of a bug."

"And I want Minnie Mouse!" said Dorothy. She looked at Chloe.

"I'm much too old for a night-light," said Chloe. "But I guess I'll have some ice cream with chocolate sauce."

Chocolate sauce it is, said Mrs. Kane.

"And sprinkles," said Dorothy.

"With a cherry on top!" said Harry.

Mrs. Kane smiled at Mr. Kane. Then they all went into the kitchen and had vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and sprinkles and a cherry each on top.

The next day, the family went on an adventure. "It's a surprise," said Mr. Kane as they piled into the car.

"They're trying to make us feel better," said Chloe. Chloe was usually right. She was smart.

"I'd like a new doll, " said Dorothy.

"Forget about it," said Chloe. "They don't work that way."

"A new Transformer?." said Harry.

"No way," said Chloe. "Dad thinks we have too many toys, anyway."

"And they won't want to clutter up the new house," said Dorothy, who was squeezed between Harry and Chloe in the backseat, and was smart, too.

"We're here!" said Mrs. Kane, and they climbed out of the car and stood in front of a white picket fence.

Chloe read the sign. "Applegate Farm. Petting zoo. Rides. Do not feed the animals."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

    Hurricane Harry is a wonderful book full of mishaps. You'll become lost in the whirl of exciting events as soon as you pick up the book. I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read! Cute but serious, a book for girls and boys, both. Harry is a boy looking for fun but along the way he runs into some obstacles... Read the wonderful book to find out!

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