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Rain Tonight: A Story of Hurricane Hazel [Paperback]

Steve Pitt , Heather Collins

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Book Description

Oct. 12 2004
The weather forecast for the evening of October 15, 1954 was simply “rain tonight.” In fact, the hurricane was a devastating one. The storm swept from North Carolina up into Canada. In Toronto, Ontario, the official death count was 81, but it was probably much higher because the many people living in the ravines were not part of the census.

Penny Doucette was 8 years old on the night the storm raged in Toronto. She, her parents, and their elderly neighbor found themselves clinging to the roof of the house as they watched the house next door float away on the swollen Humber River. Augmenting the dramatic story are illustrations, archival photographs, and fascinating information about hurricanes: their causes, their history, and lore.

Published for the fiftieth anniversary of Hurricane Hazel, this is a valuable resource for young readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (Oct. 12 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887766412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887766411
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5–Pitt recounts the story of Hurricane Hazel's deadly 1954 pass over a small town near Toronto, Canada. His narrative follows the fortunes of second-grader Penny Doucette and her family as floodwaters rise into the second story of their house and they are forced to seek refuge on the roof in the howling wind and rain. Terrified, they watch as a neighbor's house is swept from its foundations, and pray that a small rescue boat will reach them before their own home is torn loose. Average-quality, black-and-white drawings appear throughout. The Doucettes' luck in surviving is also reinforced by the period photos that recorded the devastation of a once-comfortable community. Fact boxes appear throughout, but some of the damage data is no longer valid following the multiple storms of fall 2004. While not an essential purchase, this title could provide a personal view to a unit grounded in such stellar works as Patricia Lauber's Hurricanes: Earth's Mightiest Storms (Scholastic, 1996) and Seymour Simon's Hurricanes (HarperCollins, 2003), or reinforce the impact of Victoria Sherrow's more tightly focused Hurricane Andrew: Nature's Rage (Enslow, 1998).–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Steve Pitt was born in Weston, Ontario on October 15th, 1954 – the night Hurricane Hazel devastated Southern Ontario. He has been fascinated by the storm ever since. He has been a writer for twenty-five years, during which time he has also worked as a youth outreach worker, a goose rancher, a gold prospector in the Yukon, an armored truck guard, and resort cook. He holds a Master of Divinity degree, two black belts in tae kwon do, and is currently studying to be a chef. His articles have appeared in Canadian Family, Healthwatch, Rotunda, Legion Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Stitches Magazine. This is Steve Pitt’s first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging account of a young girl caught in disastrous flooding from hurricane Hazel near Toronto, Canada Feb. 23 2014
By Leonidas G. Lavdas - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is written from the point of view of an elementary school student. She learns of Hazel through news clippings from class. But hurricanes just don't happen in Toronto. This one did! Winds over 75 mph were the least of concerns. Torrential rains on saturated ground resulted in disastrous flooding, especially near the Humbar River near the girl's home. The home is engulfed, then destroyed by flooding. Family members are separated, but ultimately rescued by daring boaters. The book is a fast read and should instill a healthy respect for hurricanes which can bring flooding far inland and to the far north, as well as flooding from other causes. It is also an affirmation of family and those who risk life and limb to save others.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book Nov. 12 2012
By Nrskim - Published on Amazon.com
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I love stories about storms so this was the perfect book for me! thank you to the author.    
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was in Hurricane Hazel and the book was very good May 12 2009
By Marion O. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
the book did not cover the area I was in as I found myself standing on the Queen Elizabeth highway 8 months pregnant and my only garment was a satin nightgown.of course it was raining

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