November 08, 2019

#BookReview: The Disaster Days by @rebeccabehrens


Synopsis: Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It's a little disconnected from the outside world, but she's always felt completely safe there.

Which is why when she's asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it's no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she's pretty sure makes her an expert. 

She isn't even worried that she left her inhaler at home.

Then the shaking begins.

The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. 

Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help―and their parents―are both blocked. Which means they're stranded and alone... With Hannah in charge, as things go from bad to dangerous.


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About the Author: Rebecca Behrens is the author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her latest release, The Disaster Days, is a thrillingly realistic survival story. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. You can visit her online at www.rebeccabehrens.com.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This book took me a little while to get into it fully.  I did end up enjoying this one though.  I thought it was really neat that this book takes place over a four day period.  Most books span a bunch of days so this was really cool!!  I think that kids who deal with earthquakes would be better prepared for one to happen. But, I think with Hannah being alone with other kids that she may not be as ready as if her parents would have been home.  


The story was very good and I liked learning more about Hannah and her situation as well as her little island.  I think this one would be great for kids who want a short adventure.  




"Fans of survival thrillers in the vein of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet will enjoy this tense, honest tale of bravery...an excellent (and refreshingly not didactic) teaching tool on natural-disaster preparedness." - Booklist

"A suspenseful, vivid story filled with lessons about responsibility and overcoming adversity." - Publishers Weekly

"The strength of this steadily paced novel that stretches over four days of a scary disaster scenario is that Hannah doesn't figure everything out; she stumbles, doubts, and struggles throughout it all" - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A realistic, engrossing survival story that's perfect for aspiring babysitters and fans of John Macfarlane's Stormstruck!, Sherry Shahan's Ice Island, or Wesley King's A World Below." - School Library Journal









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