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Harlow, Joan Hiatt.
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Discovering that his grouchy neighbor is actually a kind man at heart, Jake begins to enjoy working with Sharkey and gains new confidence in the process, yet with a huge storm brewing off the coast, Jake will need to muster all his newfound courage to help his family and friends prepare for the worst that is ce (more)
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Control No. 591652
LCCN 2006018130
ISBN 9781416907817 (trade bdg.)
ISBN 1416907815 (trade bdg.)
ISBN 9781428748415 (BWI bdg.)
ISBN 1428748415 (BWI bdg.)
Author Harlow Joan Hiatt
Title Blown away! / -- Joan Hiatt Harlow.
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- Margaret K. McElderry Books, -- c2007.
Physical Description 258 p. : -- map ; -- 19 cm.
Formatted Contents Note Sharkey -- Challenge -- Key West -- Good things come in pairs -- Mara -- Ruined plans -- Mara's solution-- Bonefish -- Trouble for Rudy & Jewel? -- Panther tales -- Mara's snow -- Jewel's corral -- Danger in the Treetops -- Mara's fishing lesson -- Harsh words -- Mom's genuine American oriental Rug -- Bad Feeling -- Trapped -- Stay safe -- Killing monster -- Rescue train -- Monster from the deal -- Procession -- More than the world -- Goodbye, good dog -- Changes -- Unfinished -- Most beautiful words -- Epilogue.
Summary In 1935 on the Florida Key of Matacumbe, thirteen-year-old Jake makes new friends during an idyllic summer, only to have everything change when a hurricane threatens the island.
Subject Friendship Fiction
Subject Family life Florida Fiction
Subject Hurricanes Florida Florida Keys Fiction
Subject Florida Keys Fla History 20th century Fiction
Electronic Location Table of contents only -- http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0618/2006018130.html
Electronic Location Publisher description -- http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0726/2006018130-d.html
Electronic Location Sample text -- http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0726/2006018130-s.html




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Annotation 1 Discovering that his grouchy neighbor is actually a kind man at heart, Jake begins to enjoy working with Sharkey and gains new confidence in the process, yet with a huge storm brewing off the coast, Jake will need to muster all his newfound courage to help his family and friends prepare for the worst that is certain to strike their small Floridian town.

Annotation 2 In 1935 on the Florida Key of Matacumbe, thirteen-year-old Jake makes new friends during an idyllic summer, only to have everything change when a hurricane threatens the island.

Annotation 3 In 1935 on the Florida Key of Matecumbe, thirteen-year-old Jake makes new friends during an idyllic summer, only to have everything change when a hurricane threatens the island.

Annotation 4 It's the summer of 1935, and in the sleepy Florida Keys, thirteen-year-old Jake Pitney's life is quiet and easy. But all of this changes once Jake begins helping out the town's eccentric fisherman, Sharkey, with work.

On a trip to Key West, Jake is dumbfounded when Sharkey buys a mule named Jewel and her faithful sidekick, a dog named Rudy. Despite their troublemaking ways, Jake grows fond of the mischievous duo and their owner. All the while, Jake is trying to befriend Mara, the new girl in town, whose life has been filled with sadness.

During the Labor Day holiday, an unpredictable Atlantic hurricane hits Jake's hometown with devastating speed and power, reducing the island to shambles. Jake is determined to find his family, along with Sharkey and Mara. But he may need help from some unlikely sources.

From the bestselling author of Star in the Storm and Thunder from the Sea comes a gripping story of strength and determination in the face of uncontrollable circumstances. Based on actual events, Joan Hiatt Harlow's tale explores friendship, loyalty, and ultimately, hope.

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 reviews (3)


Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #1
Set in 1935 in the Florida Keys, the first part of this episodic historical novel is low key—almost flat at times—and old-fashioned. The second half is dramatic, gripping and modern in its graphic depiction of 13-year-old Jake Pitney's, his parents' and his very young—and gravely ill—sister's struggle to survive a hurricane that devastates their home. While some of the characterizations are thin, and the story elements contrived, this has a strong sense of time and place, and these are supported by an afterword and acknowledgments; the latter testify to Harlow's extensive research about the real Labor Day "Storm of the Century." Like the author's popular Star of the Storm (2000), this first-person narrative laden with dialogue features an exceptional animal—in this case, a mule—that acts heroically to save young lives. (Fiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

SLJ Reviews 2007 July

Gr 5–7— It will require a patient reader to get to the action in this story set around the 1935 hurricane that devastated Islamorado and Matecumbe Key in Florida. Harlow spends more than half of the book introducing the characters and setting. Jake, 13, becomes friends with Mara, a new girl in town. His mom hires her as a babysitter for her daughter, Star, leaving him more time to work for Sharkey, a gruff old fishing guide. Life proceeds at a sleepy pace until word comes of a hurricane headed for the Keys. At the same time, Star comes down with encephalitis and the family is frantic. Without sophisticated weather tracking, residents don't know the size of the storm or its exact location. Many choose to leave their homes only when storm surge starts pouring in their doors, and by then it is too late. The characters are well drawn. The palpable sense of unease about the approaching storm, the terror of its strength, and the sense of loss and disorientation are described in detail, and are reminiscent of stories from the recent Gulf hurricanes. However, neither the action nor the foreboding happens quickly enough for readers who are looking for an exciting story.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

[Page 103]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

VOYA Reviews 2007 August
It is 1935, and thirteen-year-old Jake Pitney is having the summer of his life on balmy Islamorada, the upper Florida Keys village where his family operates a general store. After hesitantly agreeing to work for Sharkey, an eccentric neighbor living in a converted freight car, Jake finds that the old hermit has much more to offer than anyone would have guessed. Sharkey helps Jake catch a prize bonefish, and together the two take the train to Key West, acquire and train a mule, and protect sea turtle eggs. The summer becomes even more idyllic when Mara, an orphaned girl Jake's age, moves to the area and quickly becomes a good friend. As Labor Day approaches, the residents of Islamorada prepare to ride out an Atlantic storm. What they do not know is that the forecasters got it wrong; this hurricane will make the most intense landfall ever recorded. When it strikes the upper Florida Keys, a tidal wave surging more than twenty feet above the low-lying islands demolishes roads, rails, bridges, and homes. Painfully awakening high "in the broken bough of a tall gumbo-limbo tree," Jake knows at once that it is unlikely that all his family and friends will have survived the ordeal This latest of Harlow's historical novels featuring young teens caught up in a maritime disaster is well-researched, with an afterword on the 1935 hurricane. Plot and characterization are routine, but the story is strong on human-animal relations, the hurricane, and the atmosphere of the Florida Keys.-Walter Hogan 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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