Dark Water Rising

Marian Hale

Henry Holt and Co.

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A poignant coming-of-age novel set during the Galveston Storm of 1900
 
I looked south toward the gulf, trying to keep an eye on the stalking sea. Wild waves rose up like a great hand and wrenched loose the Pagoda’s long staircase, sending planks tumbling through the air. With horror I watched the end of one twin building sway and dip into the surf.

I yelled at Josiah, but my words disappeared on the wind. I grabbed his arm, pointed, and we stood together, shoulder to shoulder, mouths gaping, watching the impossible.

Like a wounded Goliath, the great bathhouse shuddered, folded in on its long legs, and collapsed into the sea. 
 
Galveston, Texas, may be the booming city of the twentieth century, but to Seth it is the end of a dream. He wants to be a carpenter like his father, but the family has moved so Seth can become a doctor.

Just as things begin to look up for Seth, a storm warning is raised one sweltering afternoon. A north wind always brings change, but no one could have imagined anything like this.

The acclaimed author of The Truth About Sparrows has crafted an unforgettable story set during the Galveston Storm of 1900.
 
Dark Water Rising is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Chapter 9
 
I took Broadway to work Saturday morning. The north wind remained brisk, and the dawn sky took on a mother-of-pearl iridescence unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I stumbled more than a few times, foolishly staring at the sky instead of watching where I was going.
I turned south toward the construction site and soon found tide water over the tops of my shoes. Startled, I searched the faces around me but didn’t see a flicker of concern. People still walked to work, trolleys ran, and horses pulled loaded delivery wagons same as always, splashing through the light overflow.

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Praise for Dark Water Rising

* “Exciting, tear jerking, and life affirming, this is historical fiction at is best.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
* “This fine example of historical fiction has something for almost everyone.”
Booklist, starred review
 
“Fact and fiction are blended effortlessly together in an exciting read that leaves readers with a sense of hope.”
School Library Journal
 

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Marian Hale

Marian Hale is the author of acclaimed historical novels for young adults, including The Truth About Sparrows and The Goodbye Season. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grandbabies on the Texas Coast.

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, IRA Teachers' Choices, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Texas Lone Star Reading List, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, VT Green Mountain Book Award Master List

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805075854
ISBN10: 0805075852
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 970L
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 110412
AR Points: 7

$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
October 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312629083
ISBN10: 0312629087
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 256 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 970LL
F&P Level A-Z: X

$6.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429981620
ISBN10: 1429981628
Middle-Grade Fiction240 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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