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Surviving Floods


What is a flash flood?

How does global warming affect floods?

What is a floating school?

Discover the astonishing true stories of real children in extraordinary situations around the world. Children's True Stories: Natural Disasters tells the fascinating stories of young ...

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What is a flash flood?

How does global warming affect floods?

What is a floating school?

Discover the astonishing true stories of real children in extraordinary situations around the world. Children's True Stories: Natural Disasters tells the fascinating stories of young people caught up in dangerous natural hazards.

Each title in the Children's True Stories: Natural Disasters series contains:

Insight into daily life for children coping with natural disasters

Biographies of real survivor children and their later successes

Groups and organizations that have helped victims of natural disasters

Regional and world maps highlighting areas of devastation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Flooding has ravaged the United States in recent times. It's devastation leaves many homeless. The loss, damage and emotional toll has left many holding it's memory for years to come. Floods are seasonal such as Asia's monsoon rains. Some areas, called flood plains, flood every few years. Floods can happen in areas that have been dry for 100 years or more. Six-year-old Gertrude Quinn experienced a flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. She was swept away in a house that was carried by the rushing waters of the flood. Gertrude was later rescued by a mill worker named Maxwell McArchren. In 1993, eight-year-old Lindsey Pieper lived on a large farm in Wever, Iowa. Her family escaped the flooding just in time. But Lindsey worried about the future. In 2007, monsoon rains flooded many areas of Bangladesh. Mosa Rita, who was seven years old, spent her days as a housemaid. Hard work had always been part of Mosa's life. Happily for Mosa Rita, architect Mohammed Rezwan has a solution: floating schools. What a great idea to save a school. It is impossible to prevent all floods. Rain, melting snow, and high tides are part of nature. But engineers have worked hard to protect cities and towns from repeated flooding. Levees and other barriers help to keep rivers under control. Today, weather satellites help forecasters predict floods before they happen. Raum has done an excellent job of teaching young readers what happens before, during and after a devastating flood. Actual photos show families lining up for food and fresh water. Entire communities pull together to start the cleanup. The back of the book has maps, a glossary and many resources to help young readers, teachers and parents learn more about climate change and flooding. Part of the "Children's True Stories: Natural Disasters" series. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Raum has written over two-dozen nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Louis Armstrong for Capstone Press. She also has written picture books and adult nonfiction titles. She has a degrees in English literature and library science. Over the years, she has worked as a middle school and high school English teacher, an elementary school librarian, and a college library director. She loves to read and enjoys helping other readers discover great books. Elizabeth Raum has written many nonfiction books for children. She has also written picture books and books for adults. Two of her Capstone You Choose books, "Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure" (2011) and "Can You Survive Storm Chasing?" (2012), are Junior Library Guild selections. Elizabeth lives in Michigan with her husband, Richard. Over the years she has lived in Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and North Dakota. She has two grown sons and two granddaughters, who like reading her books. Elizabeth enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and—of course—writing!
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Johnstown, Pennsylvania: 1889 6

United Kingdom: 1953 12

Mississippi River: 1993 16

Bangladesh: 2007 22

Conclusion 26

Mapping Floods 28

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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