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Terror at Bottle Creek
by Watt Key


Overview - In this gritty, realistic wilderness adventure, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane. Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this gritty, realistic wilderness adventure, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane. Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Category 3 storm makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills-and bravery-to the test. One catastrophe seems to lead to another, leaving Cort and two neighbor girls to face the storm as best they can. Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetlands filled with dangerous, desperate wild animals, it's up to Cort to win-or lose-the fight for their lives.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374374303
  • ISBN-10: 0374374309
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-13
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Set on Alabamas Gulf Coast, this fast-paced adventure traces 13-year-old Corts daring attempt to keep two neighbor girls alive during a hurricane. The action begins when Corts father, a river guide, puts him in charge of taking care of Liza and her younger sister, Francie, at the onset of the storm while their mother is away. Cort feels overwhelmed by the responsibility, but his anxiety turns to terror when Francie ventures outside and goes missing. Its up to Cort to save her, but the water outside is rapidly rising, and even more dangerous than the raging hurricane are the crazed wild animals emerging from the nearby swamp. Pitting humans against nature, Key (Fourmile) brings to life the eerie quality of the Alabama swampland and the hidden dangers that lurk around every corner. Short, cliffhanger chapters will keep even the most reluctant readers engrossed, and Corts muddled emotions, stemming from his parents separation and his crush on Liza, add complexity to this gripping novel. Ages 1013. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Jan.)

 
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