Monday, July 15, 2013

The Superstorm, Hurricane Sandy - a review

Gregory, Josh. 2013. The Superstorm, Hurricane Sandy. New York: Scholastic.

Published a scant few months after the storm, The Superstorm, Hurricane Sandy is a formulaic book - part of Scholastic's A True Book - Disasters series, which includes incidents past and present, such as the BP oil spill, the Hindenberg disaster and 9-11.  Each book contains the cause, the event and the aftermath, as well as statistics, timeline, map, resources, photos and glossary.

Having lived through Superstorm Sandy, I admit to some skepticism about the quality of such hastily produced books, however, given the limited amount of time, and the impossible task of trying to measure the storm's "lasting impact" after only a few months, The Superstorm, Hurricane Sandy is an adequate account of the storm for middle-grade students. I appreciated the look into the storm's effect on the Caribbean - something that was largely missed by those of us who were coping with the storm's impact on our own lives.

I sincerely hope that some author will someday take up the task of writing a holistic, narrative nonfiction account of the storm that has forever changed the lives of millions.

For me, personally, I was satisfied to see in print what I and others in my area know all too well - a single event in the massive superstorm that wreaked the greatest havoc on the Jersey Shore. On top of an unprecedented 8' storm surge, a 39.7' wave roared ashore flooding and destroying tens of thousands of homes and business, along with roads and vital infrastructure.

"Height of highest recorded waves caused by Sandy: 39.7 ft. (12.1 m) off the New Jersey Coast."



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4 comments:

  1. It may be formulaic but I am glad to see a book about this devastating storm - maybe it will raise awareness of climate change and its effects. Everytime I see pictures of the Seaside Heights roller coaster in the ocean, my heart breaks a little. That roller coaster represented my young adult years the way Coney Island did my childhood.

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  2. I agree with Alex's comment above. Its great to see the disaster reflected in the book even though in a limited way. Its sure raise some awareness and educate people about being environmentally responsive and responsible. Thanks for sharing on NF Monday!
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

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  3. It's good to hear that you've found this book to be accurate, speaking as someone who had lived through this storm. Hope you're all recovering.

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    1. Thanks. It's slow going, but things are moving along.

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