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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Dark Water Rising, by Marian Hale

As I read this book, I could picture everything in my head. In fact, I could picture the streets and areas (Like St. Mary's Orphanage, John Sealy Hospital, etc.). In fact, from the description of where Seth and his family live, I think he lived on the same street my great-aunt has a house on today!

I really enjoyed this one. It's a quick read, and just fascinating. I can't think of another book built around the 1900 storm written for YAs that is so interesting and well done.

From the publisher's blurb...

A poignant coming-of-age novel set during the Galveston Storm of 1900. I looked south toward the gulf, trying to keep an eye on the stalking sea. Wild waves rose up like a great hand and wrenched loose the Pagoda's long staircase, sending planks tumbling through the air. With horror I watched the end of one twin building sway and dip into the surf.

I yelled at Josiah, but my words disappeared on the wind. I grabbed his arm, pointed, and we stood together, shoulder to shoulder, mouths gaping, watching the impossible.

Like a wounded Goliath, the great bathhouse shuddered, folded in on its long legs, and collapsed into the sea. Galveston, Texas, may be the booming city of the twentieth century, but to Seth it is the end of a dream. He wants to be a carpenter like his father, but the family has moved so Seth can become a doctor.

Just as things begin to look up for Seth, a storm warning is raised one sweltering afternoon. A north wind always brings change, but no one could have imagined anything like this.

The acclaimed author of The Truth About Sparrows has crafted an unforgettable story set during the Galveston Storm of 1900.

1 thoughts:

Mom said...

Your review makes me want to read this one! I grew up hearing stories about the storm from Galveston relatives---not because they were living in Galveston during the storm, but their cultural upbringing was rich in the history of it. Obviously many stories and tales have been passed down through the years from Galvestonians with ancestory connected to the great and powerful storm. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one, losing track of all time reading, and putting myself into the midst of it through the author's words.

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