I Survived The Joplin Tornado 2011 – by Lauren Tarshis (2015)

Natural disasters are irresistible to write about. People are fascinated by dangerous weather, such as tropical storms, floods, and blizzards. This book describes the tornado that roared through the town of Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Fictional characters are added to make it more interesting for kids. The main character in the story is Dex, an 11-year-old who wants adventure. When he gets a chance to ride along with his dad’s friend who chases storms, he jumps at the chance. He soon wishes he had not.

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No Talking – by Andrew Clements (2007)

The fifth-graders at Laketon Elementary School are noisy – really noisy. The teachers have given up trying to keep the talking under control. One day Dave and Lynsey have an argument in the school cafeteria. Dave says girls can’t control their gabbing, and Lynsey says the boys are just as bad. Which of them is right?

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