- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 890 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Yearling (November 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440418798
- ISBN-13: 978-0440418795
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storm Warriors Paperback – November 12, 2002
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Driven from his home by the Ku Klux Klan and still reeling from the death of his mother, Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to the desolate Pea Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to start a new life. Fortunately, life on Pea Island at the end of the 19th century is far from quiet. The other island residents include the surfmen--the African American crew of the nearby U.S. Life-Saving Station--and soon Nathan is lending an extra hand to these men as they rescue sailors from sinking ships. Working and learning alongside the courageous surfmen, Nathan begins to dream of becoming one himself. But the reality of post-Civil War racism starts to show itself as he gradually realizes the futility of his dream. And then another dream begins to take shape, one that Nathan refuses to let anyone take from him.
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About the Author
Elisa Carbone is a full-time writer and a part-time windsurfer, rock climber, and lindy-hop dancer. She is the mother of two college-age children. She is also the author of Stealing Freedom, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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However, I don't think it is for every child. I screened this for my sensitive 11 year old and chose not to have him read it.
There were some language issues, as well as some disturbing images. The lynch scene in Chapter 2 was hard enough for me to read as an adult; it would give my son nightmares.
This is not to say that the book is bad- it is very interesting and held my attention. And it covers topics from our history that are sad but true. I just think that parents need to use discretion if they are thinking of giving this to their kids to read.
1) resignation and acceptance
3) changing the game
This books gives each main character (Nathan, his father, and his grandfather) one of those approaches, and they flow and complement each other, giving the characters real personalities.
With a cast of black heroes in the post-Civil War south, this book is well-written and exciting. Based on the real Surfmen at the Pea Island Rescue Station, this book teaches more than history. It teaches persistence and a good attitude and hope.
I'm raising a family of boys. This book is thrilling and inspirational. Highly recommend.
This book, inspired by real life characters, tells a part of American history many of us have never seen or heard. The men of the life-saving stations, both black and white, were brave and true to their professions. It's a good read for young and old.
The only thing that did not quite ring true was the language of the characters. Most spoke near perfect English and given their times and their backgrounds, there should have been at least a hint of a lack of education, perhaps even of their southernness.
Elisa Carbone has created a good read, a story for anyone interested in the dangerous North Carolina coast, American history in the late 19th century, or in the dreams of the young.
The story is about the Pea Island Life Saving Station. These stations were what was to become the Coast Guard. What makes this station's story unique is it was fully manned by African Americans at a time when Jim Crow was rearing his ugly head.
I would love to read this one with my seventh graders.
Elisa Carbone reveals to us that life is not easy. It is filled with battles that are not fair. However, if one has the passion to reach with every last bit of determination, one might fulfill one's dreams. Carbone also recognizes that at the very least, such a person can live through the bad, and take pleasure in what fortunes one receives in this life. This a wonderful book, that though choppy at first, should prove to be of great pleasure to young adults and up.
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The surfman motto: "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back."Read more