When the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 hits, fourteen-year-old Franny witnesses the devastation of her community and is called upon to save the lives of her family and her best friend. Cottonwood spins his tale with great immediacy and power. Characters are multidimensional and convincing. Readers will find this one inspiring and thought-provoking.âSchool Library Journal
Fourteen-year-old Frannie's reunion with Jennie, a friend she hasn't seen since their families moved apart five years ago, coincides with an event that is literally earthshaking-the 1989 quake that rocked Northern California. Frannie's parents and Jennie's divorced mother are attending a World Series baseball game in San Francisco when the earthquake begins, so that Frannie, her younger brother, Sidney and Jennie are on their own in coping with the crisis in Frannie's mountainside home. The three apply their knowledge and training toward minimizing damage and toward assisting neighbors. Cottonwood (Danny Ain't) presents a terrifying geological phenomenon in accessible you-are-there terms; his emphasis on preparedness will build his readers' skills rather than exploit their fears. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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April 01, 1995
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