Quake!

Quake!

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by Joe Cottonwood
     
 

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When the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 hits, fourteen-year-old Franny witnesses the devastation of her community and is called upon to save the lives of her family and her best friend. "Cottonwood spins his tale with great immediacy and power. Characters are multidimensional and convincing. Readers will find this one inspiring and

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When the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 hits, fourteen-year-old Franny witnesses the devastation of her community and is called upon to save the lives of her family and her best friend. "Cottonwood spins his tale with great immediacy and power. Characters are multidimensional and convincing. Readers will find this one inspiring and thought-provoking."—School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fourteen-year-old Frannie's reunion with Jennie, a friend she hasn't seen since their families moved apart five years ago, coincides with an event that is literally earthshaking-the 1989 quake that rocked Northern California. Frannie's parents and Jennie's divorced mother are attending a World Series baseball game in San Francisco when the earthquake begins, so that Frannie, her younger brother, Sidney and Jennie are on their own in coping with the crisis in Frannie's mountainside home. The three apply their knowledge and training toward minimizing damage and toward assisting neighbors. Cottonwood (Danny Ain't) presents a terrifying geological phenomenon in accessible you-are-there terms; his emphasis on preparedness will build his readers' skills rather than exploit their fears. Ages 10-up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-While their parents attend a World Series game in San Francisco, Franny, 14, and her once-best friend Jennie, now a tattooed stranger wearing headphones, are babysitting her bratty brother Sidney. Clearly, getting reacquainted with Jennie, who moved away when her parents divorced years before, will be a disaster. But when the ground starts shaking their Loma Prieta home, Franny and her brother are plunged into a real crisis situation. In a flash, blood-and-gore loving Sidney becomes a terrified little boy. Jennie sheds her flaky facade to display competent first-aid skills and Franny finds herself calmly able to follow the preparation instructions drilled into her over the years. The hours and days after the quake are a time in which the children and their neighbors fumble toward survival, showing themselves to be ``the best kind of hero...an everyday sort.'' With unsettling realism, Franny describes the aftershocks, the struggle to rebuild homes and lives, the triumphs of restoring basic services, and the steps she and her family take to re-establish their lives. Cottonwood spins his tale with great immediacy and power. Characters and relationships are multidimensional and convincing. Readers who enjoy survival and disaster stories will find this one inspiring and thought-provoking.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Julie Yates Walton
Based on California's 1989 earthquake, this survival story fleshes out the newspaper headlines in fascinating detail. Cottonwood, himself a survivor of the earthquake, chronicles the nightmarish ordeal through the eyes of 14-year-old Fran. While her parents attend the World Series, Fran stays home with her bratty brother, Sidney, and Jennie, a visiting friend. Their reunion is awkward until the earthquake shakes them into action: they lift a Volkswagen off a neighbor, turn off combustible propane tanks, and help at the school emergency shelter. The experience builds bridges between the trio and offers Fran the bittersweet challenge of being in charge until her parents return safely home. There are surreal details--" when the water heater fell out [of the closet] . . . for a weird moment it looked like a mummy falling out of a coffin" --and the triviality of a "Go Cheetahs" sign at Fran's school mark the shift in perspective that accompanies a major seismic shift. Grippingly told, this story will add depth to any study of earthquakes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045017862
Publisher:
Joe Cottonwood
Publication date:
10/05/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
546 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Cottonwood is the author of four award-winning novels for children including the best-selling Quake! His novels for adults include Famous Potatoes and Clear Heart. He has published a book of poetry, and he has written numerous songs. He has worked as a plumber, electrician, and carpenter and currently makes his living as a building contractor. His home is in La Honda, a small town in the mountains of California.

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Quake! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book espesaly for kids. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! You should get it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book in 4th grade. I just resently re-read it and it seems even better than it did the first time!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of action, friendship, and life's changes and difficulties all put together into one book, top with a red ribbon!!