This book is called I Survived the Joplin Tornado. The author of the book is Lauren Tarshis, and the genre is historical fiction. The author wrote this book because people wanted her to write about it and to inform people about the tornado. If you hadn’t read this book yet, here’s a summary. Dexter James an eleven-year-old kid living in Joplin almost got ran over by a car. Dr. Gage got out of the car and ran to Dex.
Dr. Gage went to say sorry and invited him to storm chase with him. What he didn’t know was that a rain-wrapped EF5-rated tornado would hit Joplin and kill one hundred fifty-eight people. Later he went with Dr. Gage to go storm chasing.
They followed the storm east for a while and stopped to shoot some pods into a cumulonimbus cloud. Later it hailed, and a ball of hail hit Dex’s head. Dr. Gage dragged him back to the car and decided to call it a day.
On the way back to Joplin, the tornado was going to hit their car. They called 911 to inform the police about the tornado. The tornado picked them up and slammed them into a chain-link fence near Peter’s Garage. Glass on the car’s windows darted into his face and cut it badly. When Dex almost flew out of the car, Dr. Gage grabbed him by the arm and pulled him back into the car. The tornado kept toying with the car, and suddenly there was an explosion.
A blinding light came right after the explosion which made Dex think he was going to die. Luckily he survived, but only one problem arose. Dr. Gage was severely wounded. Dex tried to help Dr. Gage as much as he can and headed off to Joplin. Wherever he looked, Joplin was in ruins. He went to his house and found that it was in ruins too. Surprisingly, he found his dog Zeke behind his back while he was looking at his destroyed house. Later he heard voices shouting out his name. It turns out that it was his parents shouting out his name. They were all finally reunited. They all hugged each other in joy as they were lucky to be reunited. So that is the end of my summary. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because you never know if anyone was going to survive the tornado.
At one part there was an explosion which made it seem like Dex wasn’t going to survive, but as it turns out, he did survive. Another reason is that it was full of destruction. You could just imagine all pieces of wood that the tornado made! My final reason is that you get to learn a bit about tornadoes. I didn’t even know that rain-wrapped tornadoes were a thing before I read this book! All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.