Interest Level: 5-8
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What would you do if you went on a scuba diving trip and everything seemed to go wrong? The most important rule of scuba diving is that if you don't feel right, don't go down. Twelve-year-old Julie Sims knows this, but her dad is in financial trouble and they need the money. They cannot risk losing the money from this dive. To begin with, the customers are one of Julie's sworn enemy, Shane, and his dad. From the beginning they refuse to follow instructions from Julie and her dad. Then Julie's dad gets sick and he cannot take them down to the dive site, so Julie must do it. As soon as they get in the water, Shane and his dad leave Julie and she then realizes that the anchor is not set but there is nothing she can do about it. So when it is time to go back up, Julie cannot find the anchor line to get back to the boat. When she finally surfaces she does not see the boat anywhere. To make matters worse, Shane and his dad surfaced too fast and Shane's dad has the bends. He needs to get to a hospital fast. Can the three of them survive floating in the ocean about fifty miles off of the Alabama coast? Shane and his dad are very mean people, what will they do if Julie gets in the way of their safety? I will give you a warning about this book... once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down! This book is full of twists and turns, suspense and survival and is a must read for anyone!
I have always loved Watt Key's books because we are both from Alabama. This book is even more special to me because for so many years Orange Beach was a second home to me. Watt Key can weave an amazingly suspenseful story that from start to finish will not disappoint!
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.5
5 out of 5 Stars!!
Imagine you are getting to fly on the world’s most luxurious airship. How exciting would that be? Now imagine you are having to take this trip because your little sister is very sick and she needs desperately to get back home to New York City to get to the doctor. Does that change your excitement any? Well for 11-year-old Hugo this was what he was facing. Hugo was beyond excited to be flying on this massive airship (this was before airplanes could fly over oceans and much faster than a ship) but he also loved his little sister very much so he was torn because excitement and concern. Now imagine while you are aboard this airship you uncover an evil Nazi colonel and a spy for the U.S. that is in danger. You must read this fast-paced, thrilling new book by Lauren Tarshis to find out what happens to Hugo and his family.
I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 PowerPoint for Teachers & Librarians
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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 Book Trailer
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Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.6
What would you do if you got to meet your favorite television star? What if that same television star asked you to go on a ride with him chase a storm? Sounds cool, right? That is sure what Dex thought. His older brother, who is also his best friend, is away on a secret training mission for the Navy SEAL’s. Dex misses him so much so when this opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous television star, Dr. Gage, Dex jumps at the chance. Little does Dex know that soon he is going to have to be just as brave as his big brother. Lauren Tarshis weaves fiction and nonfiction into a story that had me holding my breath to see how it would end. I gave this book 5 stars because she does such a fantastic job giving disastrous details in a way that every kid can read and not be scared. If you liked this book, Tarshis has 11 more fantastic books, and more to come.
I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 PowerPoint for Teachers/Librarians
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I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 Book Trailer
Interest Level: 3-6 Reading Level: 3.5
What would you do if you were standing at the bottom of a volcano and the ground beneath your feet started to shake? What if trees started crashing down and black ash started falling from the sky? Would you have what it takes to survive? This is exactly the situation that Jeff finds herself in. Jess and her two best friends are trying to be brave and prove that "Skeleton Woman" does not exist by going to an abandoned cabin in the hills of Mount St. Helens. Jess and her friends get far more than they bargained for. Read this exciting, fast-paced novel of friendship and bravery.
I Survived The Eruption of Mount St. Helens PowerPoint For Teachers/Librarians
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