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The Silent Storm
     

The Silent Storm

4.8 13
by Sherry Garland
 

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Thirteen-year-old Alyssa has not spoken since seeing her parents die in a hurricane, and now, three years later, another storm threatens the home she shares with her grandfather on Galveston Island.

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Thirteen-year-old Alyssa has not spoken since seeing her parents die in a hurricane, and now, three years later, another storm threatens the home she shares with her grandfather on Galveston Island.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
One of Garland's specialties is creating adventure stories with a conflicted protagonist who must overcome fear and psychological trauma to "save the day" during a life-threatening disaster. In this book, she delivers an entertaining "Garland Special." The story focuses on thirteen-year-old Alyssa who is so haunted by the death of her parents in a hurricane, she cannot talk. As a new hurricane approaches, her Scottish grandfather decides it will be his last storm before he sends Alyssa to live with her aunt and returns to Scotland. Distraught over having to leave the sea she loves, Alyssa runs off with her overprotected brother, and her new friend, Tyler. They go to Tyler's houseboat and are trapped when Tyler's stepfather sets sail. Alyssa must brave the storm to return home and ensure the safety of her entire family. During the storm, Alyssa realizes she's been silent since her parents' death because her father told her to be quiet until he returned to the lifeboat, but he died before he could. Freed by this memory, Alyssa speaks to her grandfather for the first time in three years. With subplots about abuse, overprotection, and coping with death, this adventure story addresses lots of important issues. It doesn't provide an in-depth exploration of them, but it does expose readers to realistic and troubled characters who seek and often find their own solutions to their problems.
Stephanie Zvirin
If it's heroics and happy endings readers want, this is a story they'll love. Alyssa has always adored the sea and stories about it. She still does, despite the fact that her mother was killed during a hurricane and that her father, who disappeared during the same storm, is presumed dead. Since then, Alyssa has been mute. Though she longs to speak, she feels certain that doing so will dredge up monstrous memories of what happened and seal her father's fate. Now, another hurricane is approaching, and her life is about to change again: her beloved grandfather, who can cope with her no longer, plans to send her to live with her rigid aunt (with whom Alyssa stayed after her parents died). Also, Ty, a gallant ragamuffin with an abusive stepfather, suddenly becomes her friend. Alyssa seems much younger than her 13 years, and the children's endeavors to rescue Grandpa in the midst of the storm and Alyssa's recovery of her voice as Grandpa lies injured in the hospital stretch credibility to the limit. But Alyssa's frustrating inability to speak seems real enough, there's plenty of tension as the storm approaches, and the dramatic depiction of the "devil wind" will keep the pages turning at a good pace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152741709
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Edition description:
None
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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The Silent Storm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
clevengerjo More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 11 and I can't give it enough praise. This book ignited a love of reading that still holds true today. I remember like it was yesterday the laughs, the tears and the whirlwind of emotions I felt when i read this book. I believe if I hadn't read this book I never would have became an English major and never would have enjoyed all the books that have become apart of my life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent.Although it was very emotional,this book really inspired me.To me this book was telling me that even though things happen,you can get back on the right track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a little sad and emotional for me, but otherwise it shows that with just a little bit of hope and faith, magical things will happen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been the best book i have read! It's sad,But it held my attention, i didn't want to put it down!I recommend this book to ages 11+
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I loved the way they described everything so perfectly and how there was a lot of tension as the storm approached. I could picture everthing that was happening as I read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down. It's a great book for anyone ages 11 and up. You'll laugh, you'll cry.........it's written with excellence. Everything about Silent Storm is wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think the silent storm was the greatest book ever!!! i read it in 2 days thats how good it was!!! im only in the 6th grade!! ive read it 3 times already!! please read this book i recommend this book to ages 11 and on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I suggest this to every person who likes to read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is sad but extremely interesting. It held my attention, and I didn't want to put it down. I recomend anyone of any age read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!. I READ THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS IN THIRD GRADE AND I AM IN THE EIGHTH NOW AND TRUST ME I HAVE READ A LOT OF BOOKS. OUT OF ALL THE BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS ONE IS STILL NUMBER ONE IN MY MIND. I'M GOING TO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AS A SUMMER READING BOOK FOR MY SCHOOL!!!!