Flood: Mississippi, 1927 (Survivors)
For years, Garret and Molly have dreamed of seeing more of the world than cotton fields and the dusty poverty of their Mississippi Delta farms. They’ve been stashing away hard-earned pennies and nickels in a tin-can bank, hidden deep in the bayou. Now rising flood waters threaten the hiding place of their money, and they set out on their homemade raft to retrieve it.
But the raging Mississippi has other plans, and suddenly Garrett and Molly find themselves in a deadly battle with the dangerous currents and roiling rapids of their debris-strewn river—fighting not for their life savings, but for their lives.
Grade 4-6-The year is 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River is flooding. The water is almost up to the doors of the houses in which Molly Bride and Garrett Wood live. Molly, who is black, and Garrett, who is white, have been saving every stray nickel or penny they earn for great plans when they get older and have hidden the money deep in the bayou. When the flood threatens to wash it away, the children get on their homemade raft to pole over to save it. Unfortunately, the raft is pulled into the flood's current, and they are in for a wild and dangerous ride. Although the story starts out slowly, once the two friends are swept away, it becomes a real page-turner. Every chapter contains a life-threatening struggle. Molly's fight with a cottonmouth is particularly gripping. This would make a great booktalk, particularly when paired with Patricia Lauber's Flood: Wrestling with the Mississippi (National Geographic, 1996), a nonfiction title that's also about the 1927 flood.Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, ORCopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Kathleen Duey’s works include the middle grade American Diaries and Survivors series, as well as the well-reviewed chapter book series The Unicorn’s Secret and its companion series, The Faeries’ Promise. She is also the National Book Award–nominated author of Skin Hunger. She lives in Fallbrook, California.
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