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In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw.
Posted May 12, 2013
Do you know what a “williwaw” is? Thirteen-year-old September Crane, and her twelve-year-old brother, Ivan, live at Steamer Cove on Bag Bay in Alaska. Their mother died one night some seven years ago in a williwaw, the dreaded violent windstorm that sweeps across the bay especially in the fall of the year. Their father is a commercial fisherman who has to be away from home, so the two teens, who are homeschooled, are often left to themselves for periods of time. If something ever happens while their father is gone, they may have to start spending their time alone on the farm with Aunt Nelda and Uncle Spitz rather than at home. And their neighbor across the cove, Mr. Berger, is often threatening to call the authorities on them.
Ivan loves to play video games, but the only electricity in the cabin is from a generator which keeps their two radios powered. He has figured a way to tap into the radio batteries to recharge his video game device. However, one night when their father is off with a fishing crew and has told Ivan not to mess with the radios, the boy connects his device to the radio batteries and unintentionally fries both his device and the radios. Over a period of several days, the two have to make a number of forbidden trips by themselves in their skiff to and from the town in order to have the radios repaired. On the final day, they need to be back at the cabin with the radios for their father’s next call. But a friend is having a party in town, and they end up staying longer than intended. A series of bad choices leads to their being caught on the bay in a williwaw. Will they make it home in time? Will they even survive?
Author Tom Bodett, a storyteller, National Public Radio commentator, and author, is best known as the spokesman for Motel 6. “We'll leave the porch light on for you.” In Williwaw!, he weaves a rousing tale that also includes a lot of information about Alaskan weather, boat safety, northern wildlife, respect for the sea, and the need for obeying parents. A few common euphemistic terms, such as darned, jeez, golly, heck, and gosh, are found, but otherwise I noted a lack of objectionable items so common in much of modern youth literature. It is just a good, enjoyable read. The story moves along slowly for a while, but all the foreshadowing builds up to a really exciting climax, and there is that important, timeless message that even teenagers need to develop moral character and not try to deceive others. Bodett has also written The Free Fall of Webster Cummings and Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier.
Posted October 12, 2007
The Williwaw by Tom Bodett is about these two kids that are home alone for two weeks while their dad is crab fishing. The boy Ivan is addicted to video games and hooks it up to the two-way radios and breaks them September Ivan¿s sister and Ivan have to get the radios fixed before Friday.(That¿s when their father calls in and checks on them) The parts that I liked is when they did the chores like they were suppose to so that their dad could trust them and not send them to their aunts house. I also liked it when they made a fake dummy to replicate their dad to foul old Mooseburger. The parts that I didn¿t like are when Mooseburger shot at them while fishing for butter clams. Another part that I didn¿t like is when the kids disobeyed their father by going across the bay. (water) This book isn¿t in a series but it should be. The show that this book reminds me of is The Deadliest Catch because they are fishing for crab but almost the same as clams. They have to leave their family for months at a time to earn some money. The people that I think would like this book are people that I like to read and like adventure. This book is also similar to ¿The Voyage of the Frog¿ by Gary Paulsen and the ¿White Water¿ by PJ Peterson. I would give this book four stars because it is really good in following right along in the book. It is also really good in the character talk and in how they are described, their clothing, and their house.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2007
Williwaw is about two kids, September and her younger brother Ivan who lost their mother at a young are. Their dad is out fishing in the Bearing Sea. While he was gone Ivan hooked up his Game Boy to the radios and he destroyed them. The two kids were not allowed to go to town but they had to so they could get the radios fixed. Everything was going good until the day before their dad was supposed to call them. They two were in town and found out that their dad was on his way home to Bag Bay, in their friend, Harry¿s boat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2005
I usually dont like to read books but once i saw this book it cought my eye and once i started reading it i couldnt put it down. This is a great adventure book. The kids are sly and always are keeping you on your seat as you read beacuse of the adventure they are on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2004
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Posted October 10, 2001
I am an 8th Grader and I read the book for a class it is a great book and I loved it because it was adventurous and I live in AK so I got to find out a little about what is Williwaw and I think Tom Bodett is a good writer because I read this and I am planning on reading more of his books. So read this book because he put a little humor and adventure in it. Hope you enjoy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2001
This book is a great one if you are looking for adventure. This book for me is EXCITING. I will recommend this to all readers who like to know what is going to happen next. It also fits in to the modern times and how kids in the north live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2010
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