I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12)
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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...
times when you are terrified, lost, bleeding. But you can’t just quit. The guys on your team are depending on you. Your country is counting on you. And so no matter how you feel, you need to find the strength to complete your mission.” Dex still hadn’t really understood. But now, sitting in this wrecked parking lot, it started to dawn on him. No, Dex wasn’t a SEAL. He had no golden trident pin, no M16 rifle, no soldiers lined up all around him. But Dex had a mission. To help Dr. Gage. Some
before my visit, one-third of the city lay in ruins. Within people’s minds, though, the memories of that day are still raw. So many lost relatives and neighbors. People described the tornado’s howling roar, the power of its fierce winds, the terror of feeling their homes collapsing around them as they huddled in a basement or bathtub or closet. Being in Joplin, I kept thinking about another question I often get from my young readers: Why do I choose to write about disasters and other such dark
Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski spotted the tornado as it was closing in on Joplin. It was Jeff who alerted the police, who called for the tornado sirens to be sounded for the second time that day. Very likely their work saved lives. Tragically, Tim Samaras, who was famous for his caution, was killed in May 2013, when his car was overtaken by a rain-wrapped tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma. Get informed. Go to the website Ready.gov. Read the tornado safety information carefully (have your parents
NY: Dutton, 2014 “Storm Chasing the Joplin EF-5 Tornado,” created by Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski. Journey Through Tornado Alley series. (Storm Productions Inc., 2011), DVD. TwisterChasers.com Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers, by Lee Sandlin, New York: Pantheon Books, 2013 Stormstalker blog (stormstalker.wordpress.com) Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains, by Howard B. Bluestein, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 Tornado Hunter: Getting
baseballs pitched at a hundred miles an hour. They were just a few feet from the car when a huge hailstone smashed into Dex. He saw a burst of stars, and next thing he knew, he was on the ground. Dr. Gage helped Dex up and practically dragged him to the car. By the time Dex was in his seat, the hail had stopped. Dr. Gage opened the glove compartment and took out a first aid kit. He fished out an ice pack, gave it a good smack, and laid it gently on the painful lump on Dex’s scalp. “You sure