DetailsIf you were swept away in the rushing waters of a raging river, what would you do?
Barry is doing his best to overcome his reputation as a bit of a scaredycat when he volunteers to lend a hand filling sandbags to help prevent flooding in his home town of Valley View. But things don't go as planned, and he finds himself in a dangerous situation, having to cope with the raging river, a couple of criminals, and some grown-up responsibilities in the adventure of his life!
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ISBN 9781894431774 Publication Date Jun 1, 2012 Author Freeman, Jean Illustrator Condon, RoseMarie Pages 144 Size 5.00″ x 7.00″
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Barry has a reputation as a chicken. As his hometown is threatened with flooding, he thinks he can overcome this i reputation by volunteering to help fill sandbags. While filling the sandbags, he finds himself partnered with his nemesis. When frustration overcomes him and he tries to cool off, he finds himself in a dangerous situation on the flooded river. In a fight for his life, he ends up stranded with four other children and in danger from the flood. The story gives readers the thrill of trying to survive a raging river.
There are 13 black and white illustrations throughout the book. This story brings to life the experience of living in a lowland area dur-ing a flood and how the community works together to survive. I recommend this book to readers Grade 4 and up.
- Branch manager at a mid-sized public library in Southwestern Ontario.
Terror on Turtle Creek is a bit surprising, but in a good way. The cover and the title led me to expect a straightforward tale of a young boy who foolishly climbs into a rowboat and gets swept up by the tide, only to find himself in need of rescue as he floats out to sea. What I found was a much more interesting and complicated story about a young boy who does, indeed, climb into a rowboat and find himself adrift, but it’s also a story about a boy who manages to redeem himself in a big way.
Barry is the youngest of five, the baby of the family, and he’s had enough of always being left out of things and being too young to do anything important. When a flood threatens Valley View, the city where he lives with his family, it seems like everyone else in town has a job to do but him. When an announcement is made at school asking for volunteers to fill sandbanks to shore up the town’s levees, Barry offers to help. While helping out, Barry wanders away from the group and decides to climb over the levee and hop into a rowboat tied up along the shore. Of course, the rowboat drifts off into the river, and Barry finds himself stranded in the boat in a heavy downpour without anyone in sight.
This could have been the story, and there have been many books about kids making foolish choices and living with the consequences while they await rescue. Barry’s story, however, takes a different turn. The river’s current is too strong for the rowboat, and it is soon swamped and sinks. Barry finds himself in the river and being sucked under by the current. Popping back up to the surface, he is slammed into a wall, which turns out to belong to a house that has become surrounded by water. Barry is able to climb into a window of the house and soon discovers four scared young children who are hiding in the house awaiting rescue. Now, it’s Barry’s turn to be the big brother and put the needs of the children before his own.
With straightforward dialogue, an interesting plot and fairly well developed characters, Terror on Turtle Creek will appeal to readers who are looking for a bit of adventure and excitement.