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Children's LiteratureThis book opens with a black-and-white line drawing of a WC-130 Hercules plane used by the military's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters. The story follows a storm as it grows into hurricane classification. The storm is watched by beach visitors, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the shore fisherman, anxious property owners, emergency repair crews, and the Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The book shows how all these people track the progress and power of the storm and prepare for its arrival long before it hits the mainland. As the homeowners are boarding up windows, the Hurricane Hunters launch an information-gathering probe called a dropsonde into the hurricane to track the strength and direction of the storm. They even go into the eye of the storm and drop a probe. The data from these probes will help predict the pattern of the storm. The book's illustrations are very dramatic pastel drawings, which work very well to portray the action and excitement of these powerful storms and the storm hunters. The back matter contains an author's note on hurricanes and the front has a labeled diagram of a WC-130 Hercules, the airplane featured in this story. Chris L. Demarest has produced a series of six books with Margaret K. McElderry Books. All his books feature people with thrilling and dangerous careers with titles that include Alpha Bravo Charlie: A Military Alphabet; Mayday! Mayday! A Coast Guard Rescue; Hot Shots; Smoke Jumpers One to Ten; Hurricane Hunters! Riders on the Storm; and Firefighters A to Z. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies