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STOLEN BY THE SEA
New York : Walker, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
exciting adventure is set in Galveston, Texas in 1900, and is based on
a true life disaster that affected thousands of people. Lately, twelve-year-old
Maggie McKenna has felt ignored by her parents. She resents the time her
father spends with Felipe, a boy from the orphanage who does odd jobs for
the family. Her mother is pregnant and Maggie is jealous of the new baby
coming. When her parents leave town for a doctor's visit, Maggie is left
in the care of an elderly housekeeper and a grumpy cook. A hurricane is
predicted, but no one could ever have imagined the death and destruction
it would bring to Galveston. The storm surge causes severe flooding and
over 6,000 people will die. Maggie and Felipe need to rely on each other
in their desperate attempt to survive and help others. (This disaster really
did happen!) What a way to grow up fast, and take great responsibility!
(Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Galveston (Tex.) -- Fiction.
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