It had seemed like the perfect California day. But as Joey Flores walked home from the skate park with his friends, the ground began to tremble, and Joey knew they were headed for trouble....
The earthquake that followed devastated their neighborhood, collapsing a nearby overpass with Joey and Fiona on one side and Kevin and Dylan on the other. Now Joey and his friends must rescue each other, endure the aftershocks, and find a new way home as the earth cracks beneath their feet.
Marlane Kennedy is the author of ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN and THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES. She has lived through one tiny earthquake, the blizzard of 1978, and a tornado that swept through Wooster, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Though she is having a blast writing about disasters, she is hoping not to add any more to this list! You can find her online at www.marlanekennedy.com.
- ! "From DISASTER STRIKES #1: EARTHQUAKE SHOCK
\tAll at once, Joey heard an
earsplitting boom. A jolt knocked him forward and he stumbled off his board. He
looked over at Fiona. She was still on her board, but she looked as if she'd felt
the jolt, too. Had a car run into the wall behind them? As he turned to look, the
sidewalk shifted under his feet. He tried to keep his balance, but the sidewalk
began to roll like a fun-house floor. Joey heard an awful rumbling and the sound
of cracking concrete, and suddenly he knew exactly what was happening.
was an earthquake. Joey had lived through several minor ones, but this one felt
different. They had to get out from underneath the highway.
\tFiona had jumped
off her board now, but she stood paralyzed. Joey grabbed her arm, yanking her. \"You
have to run,\" he shouted. \"Now!\"
\tHer voice trembled. \"I d-don't know if
\t\"You have to!\" Joey shouted as he dragged her forward.
it was near impossible to run with the ground rising and falling every which way.
They both fell several times and had to keep dragging each other back up as small
chunks of concrete and dust rained down from above.
\tThe sun, oblivious to
the earthquake, was cheerfully beating down only a few feet away. \"Just a few more
feet,\" Joey screamed at Fiona. They lurched forward, holding hands. Crashing concrete
columns chased them, like some awful monster ready to swallow them whole. \"Ow!\"
Something hard and heavy slammed into Joey's shoulder. But they couldn't afford
to stop moving."