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Disaster Strikes, Book 6
Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: adventure, history, adversity
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: 01/04/2011
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Twelve-year-old cousins Alice and Sophie are a study in contrasts. Alice, a tall brunette who lives in Montreal with only her dad, is a fi gure skater with a lot of talent and a bit of an attitude. Sophie, a short blond who lives on a dairy farm with her mom, dad and spooky little brother Sebastian, loves looking after their herd of cows. In January 1998, it starts to rain and it won’t stop. The rain turns to ice and causes big trouble. First, the roads are closed, and then the power lines come down and the electricity is gone. Alice struggles to stay warm, alone in the dark, because her dad is working around the clock for Quebec Hydro. Meanwhile, Sophie and her family fi ght to look after their high-maintenance dairy cows without power to run the water pumps, the milking machines or anything else.

CM Magazine - September 2, 2011
"This captivating novel transitions smoothly back and forth between the two cousins' stories. It reveals challenging circumstances and tough realities but focuses on the goodness in humanity. The author's notes included at the novel's end reveal the severity of the ice storm disaster...The readers of this novel may enjoy talking to their parents and others about their memories or even personal experiences of the ice storm of 1998. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - June 1, 2011
"The contrast between the effect of the storm on the urban and rural landscapes is engaging...Recommended for school and public libraries for independent reading."
Kirkus Reviews - April 1, 2011
"From dead cows to looting to staying in a shelter, Draper covers the terror and impact of the storm. She also weaves in a subtle environmental message about overreliance on electricity....An unusual story of survival."


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