The Tornado Watches: An Ike and Mem Story

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There have been tornado watches on and off for the last few days, so a tired Ike stays up all night for four nights to warn his family of any approaching tornadoes.

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Patrick Jennings's books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman's National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the Washington State Book Award of 2011. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His newest book, Hissy Fitz, was published in January 2015. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.

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Grade 2-4-Ike and his family spend an evening in their basement during a tornado alert. When it is lifted, he fears that another warning will occur in the night, so he secretly watches the weather reports on a portable TV beneath his covers. The next day, Ike falls asleep at school. He feels worse after he stays up a second night, and he falls asleep during his third watch. He wakes in the middle of the night on a cot in the basement and his mother explains that the storm woke them and that she and his father carried him and his sister downstairs. A tornado damages their neighbors' home and yard so the friends move in with Ike's family while repairs are made. Jennings understands the worries of childhood and he portrays Ike as a caring, responsible boy. The text and pacing of this brief novel are ideal for beginning readers who are ready to tackle a longer chapter book with a slightly more complex plot. Alter's black-and-white illustrations provide necessary breaks.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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