Day of the Cyclone

Day of the Cyclone

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June 1912: Ella is surprised by her birthday gift from her mother, a Brownie camera and the advice to seek pictures of things that "don't belong." This is how Ella first notices Billy, a boy at her school who seems out of place. They become good friends, although Ella is sure Billy is keeping something from her. Ella soon realizes there are others to whom the "don't belong" tag applies. They include herself! Helping out at a tea for the women's rights group to which her mother belongs, Ella finds out about her place in society--or the lack of it. But there is someone else who is even more out of place, a stranger who pretends to be something he isn't, and he's up to no good. When Ella's mother's purse is raided, suspicion falls wrongly on Billy. Just as Ella is learning more about herself, her mother and her mysterious friend, the tornado (known then as a cyclone) arrives, bringing devastation to the city. It's the substandard housing of the poor that's worst-hit. But the storm also reveals a few hidden secrets. Can Ella, armed only with her camera and its evidence, help her friend? Based on the story of a real 1912 tornado.
Audience: For ages 8-12
Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan : Coteau Books for Kids ; [Custer, Wash.] : Available in the U.S. from Orca Book Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781550504811
Branch Call Number: J DRA
Characteristics: 167 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Sapergia, Barbara 1943-


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SPL_Childrens May 30, 2013

In Regina, Saskatchewan, Ella Barclay, daughter of a wealthy banker, has received a very special present – a Kodak “Brownie” camera - for her 13th birthday. She is thrilled, for few people own a camera in the year 1912.
Most people are happy to have their photo taken, so Ella is very surprised when Billy, a new boy at school, is angry when she takes his picture. (Much later in the story, she discovers the reason for his anger.)

Ella has no idea that in the next few days, she and her “Brownie” will record the massive destruction left by the “Regina Cyclone”, the deadliest tornado in Canadian history. Her camera will also record some important evidence which will help to prove Billy’s innocence when he is falsely accused of a crime.

Penny Draper’s newest book skillfully blends a fast-paced story with a true historical event and actual social issues at that time, such as the treatment of “home children” and ethnic minorities, discrimination, women’s rights and poverty. Useful background information about the Regina Cyclone is provided at the end of the book.

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