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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks (October 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015200016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152000165
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-- Alyssa, 13, has not spoken since her parents died in a hurricane three years ago. Living with her dispirited grandfather on Galveston Island, Texas, she is allowed almost total freedom to fish, sail, and ride horses. When faced with another dangerous hurricane, the girl must come to terms with her role in her parents' accident and prevent her brother and grandfather from becoming victims this time around. Garland writes evocatively of her coastal setting, developing a solid sense of place. The importance of the weather to people who live and work on the ocean is clearly described. Factual information about shrimping, the mechanics of boats, and the behavior of storms is smoothly worked into the story. The hurricane is presented as both scary and thrilling. The adventure elements of the plot add pizazz, but the danger is not romanticized. The characterizations of family members made fearful by previous losses are well developed. Alyssa's grandfather knows he should be more involved in the girl's life, but it is easier to let her do as she wishes while he mourns his son. Supporting figures such as Alyssa's younger brother, her aunt, and cousin are more sketchily, but still vividly, described. This book will have appeal for lovers of the outdoors as well as anyone who appreciates an exciting, atmospheric story. --Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, County of Henrico Public Library, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Though she once loved stories about the hurricanes around Galveston Island, Alyssa, 13, has been mute ever since her mother drowned and her father disappeared three years ago during a storm; convinced that she's somehow responsible, Alyssa can't remember for sure that traumatic day--but as another hurricane approaches and danger looms, she has flashbacks.... Though Garland moves her story quickly and fills it with interesting lore about hurricanes, shrimp boats, and the lives of people close to the sea, it's not as compelling as her depiction of the plight of Vietnam's Amerasian children (Song of the Buffalo Boy, 1992). She stretches credibility by simultaneously resolving the problem of Alyssa's speech, her grandfather's life, the mystery of her father's disappearance, and the storm; also, some of the minor characters aren't well developed, and their behavior and dialogue are too predictable. Still, the story's thrust--like the approaching storm--is strong, and makes for absorbing reading. (Fiction. 9- 12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Sherry Garland is the award-winning author of thirty books for children, teenagers and adults. Several of her books focus on the Vietnamese culture due to her close friendships with Vietnamese families. As a fifth generation Texan, she also sets many of her books in the Lone Star State. She especially likes to write historical works. For more information, visit her website: www.sherrygarland.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is about a young girl Alyssa who after her fathers death stops talking. "Don't say another word until I get back ok?" Those were the words her father had said to her. She had kept her promise but her father had never returned so her promise still lives on and she never talks again and no one knows why. I'ts bad enough she has to deal with her bratty cousin. But a big storm hits the Island and her granfather will not live without her help. But to save his life she needs to talk. Will she keep her fathers promise in hope someday he'll return or will she finally grasp the reality that he is dead and talk to save her grandfathers life? this book is one of the best books I have ever read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It was an exiting book! At first it seemed a little boring because there wasn't much action. But then when Alyssa and her brother get stuck on that one shrip boat, that made it intresting enough to encourage me to read more. I thought that it was sad when Alyssa found her grandpa laying by the wrecked jeep because he was looking for Alyssa out in the hurricane. It was the BEST book I ever read! I want to buy the book for myself to read whenever I want!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Wergin on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first read this book many years ago when I was a young girl and I adored it. The story is very captivating and most of the time I could barely put the book down. A couple of years ago I lost the book and have always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to read it again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery stories.
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A Kid's Review on March 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book, because it had alot of adventure!It also was very hard to guess what was going to happen next. I thought it was really great that Alyssa got over her fears that quickly.

I thought the best part of the book was when Alyssa finally had to talk in order to save her grandfather's life. And then she kept have flashbacks of when she was on her father's boat. I also liked the part where Alyssa and Dylan finally bond together, ever since before their parents death.

The character were amazing. Alyssa was one that had been through so much, and was mute, but she over came it. I also liked Ty because he became friend with Alyssa even though she was mute. I thought that the climax was really interesting because I would have never thought that Alyssa would of gotten over her muteness, especially to save her grandfather.
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By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is about Alyssa, 13 years old, who has been mute ever since she saw her parents drown when she was 10. She knows that somehow she was responsible, and won't let herself remember what happened, even though she knows if she remembers, she'll talk again. As another storm approaches and she gets stuck on a shrimp boat with her little brother and new friend Ty, she begins to remember. When they reach the shore and find her grandfather hurt, she has to speak to save his life. This book was very intersting and suspenseful about halfway through, but it took alot of patience to get that far, her annoying relatives made me stop reading like five times. I would reccommend Sherry Garland's other books: The Last Rainmaker & Indio, before I would recommend The Silent Storm.
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By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I usally read at night, so when read I just couldn't wait to the next night to read it but instead I just decided to read it during the day. I think this book was full of adventure and had a good ending at each chapter which made you wanna read on. I sat down and read the book and I am going to read it again. I also believe that it will be kept in my memory and will keep reading this book till I am old and die. I will read it to my children and enjoy the adventure in this book. I hope the author will come out with another book contiung on. If I gave you my reconmadation I would say this book is for all ages.
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By A Customer on November 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Silent Storm was a wonderful book I had read. It gives so much backround on the protaginist, Alyssa. The daring and stubborn girl is mute but what happens at the end I cannot reveal. The theme would be fear and determination. Alyssa could not speak because of fear but she was still was determined to speak for her grandfather who was in the hospital due to trying to save Alyssa. Alyssa, her bother, and the rest of there family miss her parents very much after the storm when her parents tried to save a family but end up losing there own. I recommend this thrilling book.
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A Kid's Review on April 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Silent Storm is about a mute girl who is 13 who lives with her grandfather after her parents died in a hurricane. It tells about the struggles she has with trying to communicate with other people and the challenges she has in life. At the end she has to remember what happened to her mother and father so she can begin to speak again to save her grandfather's life as he has given up hope. It was a very heart warming story just like Sherry Garland's other books. I give it two thumbs way up.
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