It’s the summer of 1900, and 10-year-old Robert Pettibone is bored. His parents have sent him to stay with his Aunt Maudie in Galveston, Texas. She doesn’t let him do anything by himself. When a storm comes up, he rushes to the beach to take a closer look. But this is no ordinary storm—it’s an enormous hurricane headed straight for Galveston. Raging winds and rising floodwaters threaten to destroy the entire town. Can Robert and his aunt survive the worst natural disaster in U.S. history?
Candice Ransom is the author of more than 120 books for children. Her books have won several awards and have been nominated to many state lists, including the William Allen White Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches at Hollins University, in the MA/MFA graduate program in children's literature. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, Frank, and their cat, Winchester.
Paul Tong has illustrated several books for children. His artwork has also appeared in Cicada, TIME for Kids, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Berkeley, California.