The Birthday Storm (Sassy #2) by Sharon M. Draper (Scholastic Press, 2009, 112pp.)
Sassy and her family travel to Florida to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, only to learn that a hurricane is heading straight for Grammy’s house on the beach. In addition to this, Sassy finds a nest of sea turtle eggs in danger of being swept out to sea by the storm. Can Sassy save both the party and the baby sea turtles from disaster? The story serves as a platform to teach children about the proper response to situations like those found in the book (how to help endangered wildlife, how to prepare for a hurricane), as well as show how families can think of new ways to have fun, even when plans don’t go as expected. Includes information about sea turtles and hurricanes. Recommended for Ages 9-12.
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