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Storm-Blast

Overview

Shortlisted for the 2005-2006 Red Cedar Book Award, Fiction

Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Fiction Titles 2003

The prospect of spending summer vacation sailing in the Grenadines with his cousin Matt and his older sister Carol wasn?t an appealing one for Regan. His cousin and sister have little time for him, and the three young people never get along. ...

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Overview

Shortlisted for the 2005-2006 Red Cedar Book Award, Fiction

Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Fiction Titles 2003

The prospect of spending summer vacation sailing in the Grenadines with his cousin Matt and his older sister Carol wasn’t an appealing one for Regan. His cousin and sister have little time for him, and the three young people never get along. Regan seems to lose every argument.

Then disaster strikes – the kids find themselves adrift on a dinghy with no food and little water, facing a furious tropical storm and voracious sharks. Their survival will depend on their resourcefulness and the work they accomplish together.

Storm-Blast is a white-knuckle tale full of adventure and courage.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With his ear for naturalistic dialogue, ability to move the plot along at a brisk pace, and eye for just the right amount of descriptive detail to evoke setting, Parkinson has written a survival novel which will be thoroughly enjoyed by readers in the middle years. Storm-Blast is a not-to-be-missed addition to the elementary or junior high library, and Curtis Parkinson an author to be watched by those involved with selecting fiction for young readers.”
CM Magazine

“…boys and girls will be drawn along by the adventure’s brisk pace and vivid writing.”
Quill and Quire

VOYA
Fourteen-year-old Regan is a coward. He knows it, his cousin Matt knows it, and his older, bratty sister, Carol, knows it. Everyone else knows it after he backs down from a challenge to dive from the high board of the public pool. No one understands how terrifying is his sense of vertigo. Soon there are other challenges when Regan's family departs for their annual vacation with Matt's family. The initial fun of sailing in the Caribbean turns to terror when during a sudden storm, Regan, Matt, and Carol are stranded in a dinghy and drift several miles from the adults. The three are forced to set aside their differences to survive. Regan surprisingly becomes the hero when after three days they spot an island. He is the only one with enough strength left to swim ashore. He then climbs the highest peak and strips off his red trunks to flag down rescuers. The teen and adult characters here are little more than stereotypes. It is easy to foresee that Regan will fight and conquer his fears to become the champion of the day. The outcome is also predictable. Nevertheless, encounters with sharks, a rogue wave, and other perils provide moments of excitement. The just-in-time rescue brings the story to a satisfying conclusion. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Tundra Books, 160p,
— Pam Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Regan, 13, is excited about a sailing trip in the Caribbean but wary of spending a vacation with his overconfident cousin Matt and bossy older sister, Carol. Accustomed to the waters of Lake Ontario, Regan's aunt and uncle put their sailing abilities to the test in unfamiliar territory. There is a nice balance of excitement as the group enjoys the sights and danger as the boat narrowly misses being hung up on a coral reef. There is the premonition of disaster when the vacationers are warned about an approaching storm. Its early arrival spells disaster for the three teens, who are away from their boat in a small rubber dinghy. When it becomes apparent that they are stranded, survival is key. Carol's take-charge personality becomes useful in fending off sharks, and Regan's calm resourcefulness in catching a fish and collecting rainwater earns Matt's respect. After a riveting rescue, all's well that ends well in this solid adventure story.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766305
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 5.15 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis Parkinson grew up in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Queen’s University and worked as a chemical engineer for many years. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and to write. As he says: “Many rejections later, the cat fell off the boat one night, and this story became my first published work, a picture book.” Two more picture books and several short stories followed. Storm-Blast, his first novel, is set in the Caribbean Sea that he learned to love and respect. Curtis Parkinson has returned to Ontario, where he lives with his wife.

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