{I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011: Lauren Tarshis}I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
Published by Scholastic Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – A destructive force is about to hit the city of Joplin…
Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Rays, he has to say yes! Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin.

Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn’t heading toward Joplin, and wouldn’t it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter’s bravery is about to get seriously tested…

{My thoughts} – We here all the time about how dangerous and deadly a tornado can be. In this book we learn about a deadly set of tornadoes that had happened in 1974 as well as the one that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri.

Dex is one lucky boy to have survived the tornado in this book. He was in a SUV with a storm chaser. They were literally in the eye of the storm. Dex came very close to be sucked out of the SUV. The storm chaser was. The SUV was caught on a chain linked fence so it didn’t end up being sucked up in the sky.

Tornado’s can be very scary and extremely unpredictable. I have seen first hand some of the destruction they can cause to towns/cities. When I was growing up there was one that had destroyed part of a nearby city. It was not what you’d think when you imagine it.

Dex and his family, including his pup had survived despite the destruction of the storm. They were all truly lucky. After all was said and done like after most horrible situations, the people of the town had to pick up the pieces. Clean up the wreckage and begin to rebuild their lives again.

This was a really well and informative read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series very soon.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.