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.... Read more...
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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780545530446
- ISBN-10: 054553044X
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 108
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.2 pounds
Series: Disaster Strikes
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Joey Flores and his friends are walking home from a skate park when an earthquake tears through their Los Angeles neighborhood in this first title in Kennedy’s Disaster Strikes series. Joey and Fiona are passing under a highway when the quake hits, and he drags her out of the collapsing underpass: “Crashing concrete columns chased them, like some awful monster ready to swallow them whole.” Joey then pulls an antagonistic friend, Dylan, out from under concrete slabs just before an aftershock occurs. Kennedy pushes the super-boy idea to the limit as Joey then proceeds to whisk a small girl away from a downed power line seconds before she would have touched it. His aw-shucks musings on being heralded as a hero is also unconvincing: “Heroes were larger than life. He was just ten-year-old Joey.” More believable is Joey’s genuine fear for his family’s wellbeing as he races home after the earthquake. Kennedy (The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes) follows this slim, but eventful story with a roundup of earthquake facts. Tornado Alley pubs simultaneously. Ages 7–10. (July)