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Terror at Bottle Creek

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Short, punchy chapters propel storm-survival tale.

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A great choice for reluctant readers who like human-vs.-nature conflicts described in clear, compelling language, this tale of three children lost in a hurricane packs a wallop. Watt Key (Alabama Moon) clearly knows his way around the Gulf Coast, and in TERROR AT BOTTLE CREEK, he describes life on the edge of a swamp with sensitivity and precision. The mundane details of the early chapters ground the intense action of the later ones. The narrative tension mounts steadily, and Key ends most chapters with a cliffhanger to keep readers riveted. Extreme weather is now a regular part of the news, and this novel ably demonstrates how people can work together to survive it.

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