Galveston's Summer of the Storm
6 x 9, 158 pp.
Pub Date: 01/23/2003
Chaparral Books
  paper
Price:        $17.95

978-0-87565-272-6

Published by Texas Christian University Press

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Galveston's Summer of the Storm

By Julie Lake

When fourteen-year-old Abby Kate boards the train in Austin to spend three weeks with her grandmother in Galveston, she’s full of excitement—about the train ride and the prospect of days on the beach, exploring Galveston with her cousin Jane, family picnics, and her grandmother’s good food. But things go wrong even before she gets to her grandmother’s house. Abby Kate gets off the train briefly in Houston—and the train leaves without her. Stranded in the railroad station, she is befriended by a man traveling with his two sons and eventually reaches Galveston safely.

Then word comes that Abby Kate’s young brother, Will, has diphtheria, and she will have to stay in Galveston indefinitely. Abby Kate is still in Galveston on September 8 when a massive hurricane strikes the city.

At first the prospect of a storm is exciting. But as Abby Kate takes an ill-advised trip to watch the waves crash on the beach, the storm turns into a terrifying monster. Unable to make it back to Grandmother Linden’s house, Abby Kate, her older cousin Ellen, and Ellen’s friend Ian take refuge in the home of one of Ian’s teachers. When the house falls apart, Abby Kate is on her own, clinging to a plank in swirling waters with the wind howling around her head.

With vivid descriptions, Julie Lake plunges the reader into the storm right along with Abby Kate. The Galveston hurricane of September 8, 1900, remains the worst national disaster to hit the United States.

And Abby Kate? She’s spunky, mischievous, kind and caring, courageous when she has to be, and absolutely irresistible!

Julie Lake makes her home in Austin, Texas. This is her first novel.

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