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Randy Turner is an eighth grade English teacher at Joplin East Middle School. Prior to entering the educational field, Turner was a reporter and editor at various Southwest Missouri newspapers for more than two decades, receiving more than 100 national, state, and regional awards, including 30 for investigative reporting. He is the author of four books, two novels, Small Town News and Devil's Messenger and two non-fiction, Newspaper Days and The Turner Report. John Hacker is the award-winning managing editor of The Carthage Press, and former editor of the Joplin Daily. Hacker, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been one of the top reporters and photographers in Missouri for the past two decades, with a reputation for covering breaking news. Hacker is recognized as a top weather photographer and has had numerous lightning photos exhibited.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Randy Turner (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615516114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615516110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a classroom teacher for 14 years before recently retiring.

Prior to that, I was a reporter and editor for 22 years at various southwest Missouri newspapers, winning more than 100 regional, state, and national awards, including 30 for investigative reporting.

My latest book is Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado. Other recently published books are the novel No Child Left Alive and a non-fiction collection of essays, Let Teachers Teach, both addressing the world of education. I am also author of Scars from the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School, the story of my former school and how it dealt with the Joplin Tornado and with having to attend school in a warehouse. It was my third Joplin Tornado book, following Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado, which I co-authored with John Hacker.. I have written two other novels, Small Town News and Devil's Messenger, and two non-fiction memoirs, The Turner Report and Newspaper Days. Spirit of Hope was a follow-up to the 2011 book, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, which I also co-authored with John Hacker.

I frequently blog on educational issues and politics for Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

For the past 12 years, I have been the author of a blog, The Turner Report, which offers news and commentary on issues affecting Missouri and the nation.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mariwinn on September 22, 2011
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For those who like their information in one place, they will appreciate the efforts of Joplin middle school teacher Randy Turner doing what he does best on "The Turner Report"--chronicling the day's events online. Turner, together with Carthage Press managing editor John Hacker, a local well-known weather photographer, have self-published "5:41 - Stories from the Joplin tornado," a compilation of articles--some solicited, many not, that they admit could not possibly tell the whole story those in Joplin during the tornado could tell.

The "many not" might be subject to criticism for inclusion by those who themselves actively use Google to search news. The "many not" represents about a half dozen or so commentaries that previously have been published elsewhere. The "many not" also represents the editorial decision to reprint the speeches made by Rev. Aaron Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and President Barack Obama. What makes reading repetition so nagging is one's insatiable desire to read more from the people who finally are willing to share their unique firsthand experiences--before, during and after "5:41," the time the tornado is credited for having struck.

And in "5:41" those stories resonate. There are, for instance, the words of Pitt State student Larry Thomas, who survived the total destruction of the Missouri Place Apartments--words described by Hacker as coming in a "stream of consciousness;" how St.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hans on October 5, 2011
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This is an outstanding book, it is a must read if you are from the area near Joplin. The stories presented are moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ksgrannie on January 4, 2012
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I was so very impressed with how the authors put this terrible tragedy into a book, I bought another for my son for Christmas! Not only does it give a stranger to tornadoes a very real experience, it allowed the survivors the chance to express what they went through personally. What a wonderful path for healing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blair on January 2, 2012
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Bought this for my husband for Christmas. He doesn't read many books, but he does read most things about tornados, and he gives it four out of 5 stars. I received it quickly and in excellent condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisenden on April 19, 2014
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I bought for my Kindle and returned it because the formatting made it highly annoying to read. Sometimes there would be one letter on a line. Other times two to eight words per line. The second half of the table of contents was one run on paragraph. I don't know if it is Amazon or your publisher, but you need to get them to fix it.

Giving a five to approximate the current average rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JulieDLudwig on December 13, 2011
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This is a very good book, but if you are looking for pictures this only has a few, it is mainly text.
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This book had some pretty darn good survivor stories, but I was also looking for some facts about the storm itself, and I suppose I should have read the description more closely. Well written. A keeper.
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This account of the tornado that hit Joplin is well documented by John Hacker, who places in the book accounts and stories of the tornado, during the tornado an the aftermath of this horrific tornado.
This is book that I believe is in a sort a history book and a book of courage of all who survived this.
There is a special account and obituaries of each person who lost their life during or shortly thereafter this tornado.
Personally, I cried and cried reading about their lives.

This kind of tornado could happen anywhere, anytime. For me, it opened my eyes to be prepared, be storm ready to be safe/
So I will encourage you to read this book, I believe that it will change your life and your thoughts about severe weather, especially tornadoes!

Highly recommend this book!
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