Read the story Booklist calls “Hatchet for the post-Katrina generation”!
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.
This title has Common Core connections.
“This is Hatchet for the post-Katrina generation, and it’s sure to find an audience.” —Booklist
“A harrowing tale of survival ... A page-turner that will have readers watching where they step and looking up into trees, long after the slithering and snorting end.” —School Library Journal
“A fast-paced adventure traces 13-year-old Cort’s daring attempt to keep two neighbor girls alive during a hurricane ... Key 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.” —Publishers Weekly