It’s difficult to be 12. You’re not a child, and you’re far from being an adult (hmmm… that’s true about some adults I know, too). At 12 it’s not always possible to imagine potential repercussions. What started out to be an adventure, turns into a frightening nightmare experience when everything, from the fish to the weather, turns against the kids.
Suspense mounts and excitement builds as the children are tested to their limits by situations that could prove fatal. Will they all survive? Can they trust and rely on each other? Is there a hero among them?
Hurricane Mia is an absorbing story for tween readers. Anyone who’s had her heart set on going someplace and suffered the disappointment of going somewhere else — no matter how beautiful or interesting — can relate to Mia’s predicament. Author Donna Marie Siem keeps it real with an ending that is not horrendously improbable.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Hurricane Mia? Yes, I already have an 11-year-old in mind as the recipient. (By the way, I understand that all 12-year-old girls are not moody, resentful, selfish, fresh, and all-about-me… when they’re getting their own way.)