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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Review: The Terrible Wave by Marden Dahlstedt

TITLE: The Terrible Wave 
AUTHOR: Marden Dahlstedt 
PUBLISHER: Richard R. Dahlstedt "The Attic"
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 1989 (first published 1972)
FORMAT: Softcover, 125 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction
ISBN: 0962182702
During the disastrous flood of 1889 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a spoiled teenage girl learns to accept responsibility as she and her companions search for their families and friends.

MY REVIEW: 

I read this book aloud to my children.

This historical fiction novel is based on the flood of 1889 in that struck Johnstown, Pennsylvania and killed more than 2,000 people. The author’s grandparents survived this tragedy, and this story was crafted with their memories of the events. The story’s protagonist is Megan Maxwell, who is 15 years old. Her father owns Johnstown’s finest department store, and her family is the wealthiest in town. However, when the South Fork Dam breaks and the floodwaters rise, this girl is no different than anyone else. Social classes are cast aside, and everyone helps everyone else. Despite the catastrophe, there is a feeling of hope and inspiration as families work together to rebuild the town. There is real teamwork here, with some people involved in search and rescue and others who have medical training tending to the wounded. The ones who still have roofs over their heads have thrown open their doors wide to the displaced victims. I love the general tone of triumph over disaster.

What a great survival story and an interesting piece of history! My children and I just loved it, and we could not put it down!! We would recommend it to everyone.

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