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I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12)

Series: I Survived

by Lauren Tarshis, Illustrated By Scott Dawson


Scholastic Paperbacks
September 2015


Fiction
Ages 9 – 11 . Grades 4 – 6

Lexile measure: 710L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R

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Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Rays, he has to say yes! Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin.

Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn't heading toward Joplin, and wouldn't it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter's bravery is about to get seriously tested...
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Lauren Tarshis

Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at laurentarshis.com.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • Praise for I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863:

    ". . . Informative and breathlessly paced." -- Kirkus Reviews


    Praise for I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001:

    "[Tarshis] crafts a dramatic, emotionally intense tale that takes account of 9/11's physical and emotional costs -- short- and long-term -- while ending on an upward beat." -- Kirkus Reviews


    Praise for I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912:

    "The fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages." -- Kirkus Reviews


    Praise for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005:

    "Expressive illustrations capture the drama of the storm and its aftermath, but the book's real power comes from its exploration of what it means to be a hero." -- Booklist

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