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May 20, 2013, began as a normal day at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Just before 3:00 p.m., a loud siren went off—a tornado was coming! Students and teachers raced to find shelter from the massive twister. The storm violently shook the school. Its powerful, swirling winds tore the roof off the building and caused some of the school’s walls to collapse. Would the students and teachers inside survive the storm’s fury? Oklahoma’s Devastating May 2013 Tornado is a heart-stopping account of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, and nearby areas—from its origins as a thunderstorm to its transformation into a huge twister and, finally, to the people’s heroic efforts to rebuild after the destruction.

Captivating, first-person accounts of survivors, including a teacher who risked her life to save her students and a couple who helped rescue people trapped by the monster storm, bring this dramatic tale to life. Large, color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the true stories of bravery and heroism. Written in narrative format, this book is sure to draw readers in and hold them tight.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF051160
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2014
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Code Red
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781627241311, 9781627241830, 9781627242356
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 363.34'9209766'38
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Guided Reading Level Q
Lexile Reading Level 800
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.3
AR Quiz Number 164586
Author Miriam Aronin
 
  • 2015 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015

Oklahoma's Devastating Tornado

This history opens with first person accounts of surviving the tornado and employs this technique throughout. Summaries of survivors are included in a Profiles section and the book describes tornado science. The pleasing, full-color layout includes a map and timeline. The information offers a brief overview of safety protocols and rescue efforts. Slim content does not take away from the impact of the survivor stories. This title in the Code Red series is a good choice for extreme weather enthusiasts and provides the human touch for report writers. Students need to look elsewhere for more detailed descriptions of the how and why tornadoes develop. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended.

Oklahoma's Devastating Tornado

This history opens with first person accounts of surviving the tornado and employs this technique throughout. Summaries of survivors are included in a Profiles section and the book describes tornado science. The pleasing, full-color layout includes a map and timeline. The information offers a brief overview of safety protocols and rescue efforts. Slim content does not take away from the impact of the survivor stories. This title in the Code Red series is a good choice for extreme weather enthusiasts and provides the human touch for report writers. Students need to look elsewhere for more detailed descriptions of the how and why tornadoes develop. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended.

Oklahoma's Devastating Tornado

Residents of Moore, Oklahoma, vividly recall May 20, 2013. Just before 3:00 p.m., a monster E-5 tornado swept through the Oklahoma City suburb. When Plaza Towers Elementary School took a direct hit, teachers and students scrambled for safety. One student who, along with classmates and a teacher, survived in a school restroom recounts the sounds. Aronin then deviates to provide information on tornadoes: how they form, why Moore has more than its share, and why the Great Plains area is known as Tornado Alley. Returning to Moore, she identifies individual heroic acts and the myriad volunteers who rescued and cared for displaced humans and animals. The book’s format and eye-catching color photographs are inviting and will appeal to elementary students, and its quick turnaround-becoming a hallmark of the Code Red series-is impressive. Though much of this information is readily available online, this offering is vetted by a meteorologist.

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
 

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