Williwaw! by Tom Bodett

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From humorist, storyteller, author, and the voice of Motel 6 commercials, here is an exciting middle-grade adventure novel set in rural Alaska.  Ivan and September Crane, ages 12 and 13, are left alone for a couple of weeks while their fisherman Dad is away at sea.  In typical adolescent fashion, they quickly proceed to ignore his only two instructions--don't run down the batteries on the portable short-wave radio, their only means of communication, and don't cross the bay to town.  Through a series of bad decisions they find themselves crossing Bag Bay in their skiff when they are suddenly overtaken by a sudden and fierce autumn storm known as a williwaw.  Ivan and September must use every ounce of strength, courage, and ingenuity they posses to keep themselves afloat until help comes.  Williwaw contains rich descriptions of Alaskan geography and wildlife.  Its likable characters and taut suspense will keep readers riveted until the last page.

About Tom Bodett

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Tom Bodett has been the popular spokesperson for Motel 6 for the past 12 years. His voice can also be heard on many programs, including the PBS/Travel Channel coproduction Travels on America's Historic Trails with Tom Bodett, recipient of three Emmy nominations. He has also written several books and recorded 15 audio publications.
Published March 16, 1999 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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That first trip becomes a series after September and Ivan discover that the pleasures of the local french fries, chocolate shakes, and human contact outweigh the guilt of breaking promises.

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When 13-year-old September and her younger brother, Ivan, are left alone in their Alaskan cabin, disaster is sure to follow--that much is evident early on, given the steady stream of foreshadowing.

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