October 30, 2017
New Story Release!
Welcome to the ninth book in the “Five Alive: Stories of the Funny Sisters” series. The title is “Happy Hurricane Helpers.”
Following Hurricane Irma’s attack on their town in Florida, the sisters join with their neighbors and help clean up.
Hurricane Irma was a powerful storm that did reach category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale (over 155 mph). Hurricanes usually decrease in power as they travel over land. Hurricane Irma had traveled almost straight up Florida’s peninsula from the Keys. When this storm hit Saint Augustine, it was a category 1 storm (75 to 95 mph).
In coastal areas like Saint Augustine, most hurricane damage is caused by flooding. The strong winds can fell huge trees, rip debris off houses, throw limbs through windows, and cause heavy damage as well. Trees falling on power lines caused the sisters to be out of power. For more information about hurricanes in general, see “Hurricanes,” one of my Home-Edge Readers!
For now, how about a preview of two scenes from “Happy Hurricane Helpers!”
Kim awoke this morning before the sun even started to turn the edge of the sky pink. Last night, the power had gone off and the sisters had camped out in their sleeping bags under the huge, sturdy wooden table in the safe room where there were no windows. Last night they had heard the deep rumbling that sounded like standing next to train tracks when the train raced by. Last night Hurricane Irma had hit Saint Augustine.
As soon as the tree on the dirt road was clear, Tina, Becky, Kim, Ellen, and Jill followed Mom and Daddy and started helping with limb cleanup. Some of the Tree family kids were out cleaning limbs too. Two other children from a house down the paved road joined in the fun. The Tree men had left a trail of sawed-off branches scattered where the big trees had fallen. They had stacked big round stacks of trunk wood by the road because those were too heavy for little kids. But the branches were perfect for kids!
Six-year-old Kim flexed her muscles.
“I can drag this BIG one to the road!” She challenged, dragging a limb to the edge of the road.
“I got a bigger one!” said Tina.
Becky and Ellen laughed. “We are doing teamwork!” Ellen announced. She was four and her blankie was draped over her shoulders like a boa.
“Me too!” Jill called. Jill was only two but she loved to help. She had a two-year-old-sized branch and was making funny faces as she fought it to the edge of the road.
“Let me help you, Jill,” offered Tina.
“No!” Jill yanked the branch and it flew out of her hands and right to the edge! Jill stood up straight, brushed her hands on her jeans, and said, “I can do it myself!”
… (continued reading Happy Hurricane Helpers here!)
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