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Flood: Mississippi, 1927: Survivors    by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale order for
Flood: Mississippi, 1927
by Kathleen Duey
Order:  USA  Can
Aladdin, 2015 (2015)
Softcover, e-Book
*   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

The Survivors series continues; this time the disaster is the Mississippi flood of 1927. The story itself is interesting. The character development, although it deviates slightly from other novels in this series, still follows the worn out guidelines of the formula book: a different disaster, yet the same basic story.

This time our protagonists, Molly and Garrett, both come from similar farming backgrounds in the Mississippi Delta. The biggest change in the formula for the characters is that this time the children are from similar demographics, while Molly is African American and Garret is Caucasian.

The interracial friendship, daring in the South in the 1920s, is the least of the pair's concerns. The flood comes and the children find themselves in great peril as they are swept away on their raft. The story is interesting at this point as the youngsters find themselves far from home and must make their way back.

I'd have to say that this is the most interesting of the Survivors series that I've read thus far. That said, it is still a formula book, so I knew the basics of the plot before even picking it up: boy and girl leads, disaster du jour, perilous journey to safety, and resolution concluding with a happy ending. After reading a few of these books boredom surely sets in!

Your young reader, aged eight to twelve, may have more tolerance for these chapter books than I do and at least it is an entertaining way to brush up on reading skills while learning a little history.

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