The Great Storm: The Hurricane Diary of J. T. King, Galveston, Texas, 1900 平装 – 2010年9月15日
''An action-packed narrative. . . . Students will enjoy this compelling story, and, drawn in by the drama, they will be immersed in the historical past that Rogers has recreated.'' --Southwestern Historical Quarterly
''Marvelous historical fiction . . . . This superb addition to children's literature nicely complements the other solid, historically accurate works about the storm.'' --Review of Texas Books
''This is history the way it should be taught.'' --Wichita Falls Times Record News
Lisa Waller Rogers is the author of three Lone Star Journal novels for young readers, as well as an anthology, A Texas Sampler. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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This book is just absolutely fabulous. I chose to read it first, since the 1900 Storm took place in September. I live and teach in Galveston, so the book has special meaning to my students. Every week, the students cheer when I pull it out for our weekly reading. Then, when I say "Ok, that is all for this week" they moan and beg for more!
They are especially excited about their project for the book, a Scavenger hunt of the historical places in Galveston that were here in the 1900 Storm and are still here today. Once we have finished the book, we will take field trip to the Pier 21 Theater and watch the movie about the storm.
Figuring he is an orphan, since both of his parents have died, JT finds himself living with his grandmother, Momsie, who is the owner of a boarding house on Galveston Island. In September of 1900 the summer-folk are preparing to leave to go back home, returning the boarding house to the medical students. On the day the "fruit basket turnover" is to begin the storm arrives. Although exciting to the Galveston residents at first, the storm soon becomes dangerous and deadly as the gulf waters begin their surge to swallow up the island. JT recalls in his writing the horrific night, his strong will to survive, and his need to save those he loves. A terrific first person account of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the story pulls the reader in just like the riptides in a stormy ocean not to let go until the shocking end.