Age Group: YA
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: March 1st, 2008 by Harper Collins
outside, the wind is howling.
it is a monster shrieking to get inside.
outside, the rain is a solid wall of water.
everything is dark.
everything is destroyed.
everything is gone....
Everything except for the desperate courage of those who survive that terrifying night. After hours of cowering in the dark with no lights, no warmth, and the terrible noises of the rain and wind pounding on the walls, JosÉ walks out his front door and steps into a nightmare.
But his nightmare has only begun as he and the few who are left in his small village start to pull their lives back together.
Based on Hurricane Mitch's devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman's powerful story is about a young boy's fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine.
My Thoughts: This book in my opinion had a lot of potential. Like I really did enjoy the basis of this plot: this hurricane which seemingly none of us knew about. And I really did enjoy the main character Jose's unique ability to speak two languages, as this aided the book more than it did any harm. However, I will ding the book, because, as I'd like to point out, it just seemed so bland. The book is short and I wanted it to be longer. There wasn't really a plot, just a recollection of events, and there wasn't really a build up. Good in concept, but I wish it was executed better.
Rating: 7.5 out of ten