Best Teen & Young Adult Disaster Books
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1. The Finest Hours (True Rescue Series)
Author: by Michael J Tougias
This adaptation for young readers of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman tells the story of the shipwreck of two oil tankers and the harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors.
Now a major motion picture from Disney, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half.
With the storm in full force and waves up to 70 feet high, four coast guardsmen headed out to sea in a tiny lifeboat to come to the rescue. They were the only hope for the stranded sailors. Despite incredible obstacles, these brave men risked their lives, remembering the unofficial Coast Guard motto: You have to go out, but you do not have to come back.
This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It’s a gripping true tale of heroism and survival in the face of the elements. New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias adapts his histories of real life stories for young readers in his True Rescue Series, capturing the heroism and humanity of people on life-saving missions during maritime disasters.
2. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Author: by Don Brown
Sibert Honor Medalist Kirkus’ Best of 2015 list School Library Journal Best of 2015 Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2015 list Horn Book Fanfare Book Booklist Editor’s Choice On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana.
Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courageand also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.
3. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Carolrhoda on My Own Books)
Author: by Peter Roop
First Avenue Editions ™
Abbie was afraid.She had never had to keep the lights burning by herself. But many lives depended on the lighthouse, and Papa was depending on Abbie. This is the exciting true story of Abbie Burgess, who in 1856 single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a tremendous storm off the coast of Maine.
“The Roops have done an excellent job of putting a fascinating tale into simple language…. Hanson’s lovely watercolors evoke the mood and are far and away superior to what appears in many easy-to-reads.”starred, Booklist
4. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845–1850
Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
July 29, 2014
Sibert Award Winner: This true story of five years of starvation in Ireland is a fascinating account of a terrible time (Kirkus Reviews). In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.
Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland. Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal.
It’s the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, it’s also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.
5. Falling & Uprising
Author: by Natalie Cammaratta
My star is rising, and I shine.Always. Serenity Ward is the golden girl of Kaycie. She never questioned her city’s status as the last dry land on earth. The Establishment takes care of its citizensor so she thought. But now she’s seen the map!
Why would they lie about other islands just beyond the horizon? In a city built on falsehood, figuring out who to trust is its own challenge, but Serenity pulls together a feisty group who all want the same thingan end to the government which has hidden a world from them.
Bram’s anger drives his own desire for revolution. Being from another island, he was selected to be a brainwashed marshal in service to Kaycie, but he knows what’s going on all too well. Hidden in plain sight, he is ready to draw blood to free the islands.
Only dealing with Serenity is the one thing he wasn’t prepared for. Can two people who were never supposed to meet stop fighting each other long enough to remember who the enemy is?
6. The Great American Dust Bowl
Author: by Don Brown
A complete visual package. Booklist, starred reviewOn a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions specks of dust to form a dustera savage stormon America’s high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air.
Sand and dirt fell like snowpeople got lost in the gloom and suffocated… And that was just the beginning. Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America’s most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.
7. More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War
Author: by Kenneth C. Davis
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Month, More Deadly Than War from New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis explores the hidden history of the Spanish influenza pandemic during World War I. 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern times: the Spanish flu, a story even more relevant today.
This dramatic narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War Iand how it could happen again. Complete with photographs, period documents, modern research, and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, More Deadly Than War provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early twentieth century.
A Junior Library Guild Selection! An important historyand an important reminder that we could very well face such a threat again. Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poison Guide: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century In an age of Ebola and Zika, this vivid account is a cautionary tale that will have you rushing to wash your hands for protection.
8. Apollo 13: A Successful Failure
Author: by Laura B. Edge
“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” On April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft were headed to the moon when a sudden explosion rocked the ship. Oxygen levels began depleting rapidly. Electrical power began to fail. Astronauts James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were about to be stranded in the inky void of outer space.
The mission to the moon was scrapped. Now, Apollo 13’s only goal was to bring the crew home. With the damaged spacecraft hurtling towards the moon at roughly six thousand miles per hour, there was little hope of success. But the astronauts and mission control were fully prepared to do whatever it took to return the crew to Earth.
This space disaster occurred at the peak of the United States’ Space Race against the Soviet Union. But for four days in 1970, the two nations put aside their differences, and the entire world watched the skies, hoping and praying the astronauts would return safely.
As missions to Mars and commercial space flight become a reality, the time is now to be reminded of our common humanity, of how rivals can work together and support each other towards a shared goal. Because no matter what happens or where we travel, we all call Earth home.
9. The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight, The Future
Author: by Connie Goldsmith
An ordinary blue thermos holding blood samples from a sick nun in Zaire reached Belgium’s Institute of Tropical Medicine in September 1976. From the samples, researchers discovered a new virus, which they named the Ebola virus after a river in Central Africa.
The virus killed two hundred eighty people before it seemingly disappeared into the jungle. No one suspected the virus would erupt in West Africa nearly four decades later to cause an unprecedented epidemic. Ebola has rivetedand terrifiedthe world since its reemergence from the jungle, killing more than eleven thousand people in West Africa since December 2013.
Transmitted through bodily fluidsblood, saliva, sweat, vomit, feces, and sementhe disease causes high fever, widespread pain, nausea and vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Patients may develop dangerous bleeding and organ failure. With no effective treatment available, about 40 percent of infected people die within days.
Using proper protective gear, safe burial protocols, cleansing techniques, and educational outreach, the disease has been slowed in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leoneat least temporarily. Can researchers develop vaccines quickly enough to prevent new outbreaks? Will Ebola move beyond West Africa?
10. Pandemic: How Climate, the Environment, and Superbugs Increase the Risk
Author: by Connie Goldsmith
Throughout history, several deadly pandemics brought humanity to its knees, killing millions, and recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika took coordinated international efforts to prevent them from spreading. Learn about factors that contribute to the spread of disease by examining past pandemics and epidemics, including the Bubonic Plague, smallpox Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and Zika.
Examine case studies of potential pandemic diseases, like SARS and cholera, and find out how pathogens and antibiotics work. See how human activities such as global air travel and the disruption of animal habitats contribute to the risk of a new pandemic.
And discover how scientists are striving to contain and control the spread of disease, both locally and globally.
11. Rooftop Terror: True Hurricane Katrina Story, American Couple Learns How to Survive a Natural Disaster
Author: by Joseph Bellande
December 29, 2015
In late August 2005, authorities in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, read the warning signs and instructed residents to leave ahead of the approaching storm known as Hurricane Katrinaand most people did as they were told. But for a few stalwarts, including Joseph Bellande and his wife, Linda, fleeing with their lives wasn’t the obvious choice.
With a sophisticated disaster preparedness plan and plenty of experience with hurricanes and tropical storms, Joseph and Linda decided to shelter in place at their St. Bernard Parish home just outside of New Orleans. This decision proves nearly fatal, however, and leaves the Bellandes weathering Hurricane Katrina while tethered to the roof of the house, just fighting to survive.
It is the early morning hours of August 30th when Joseph realizes that no one is coming to rescue them. So along with their son, the Bellande family decides to try to save themselves by climbing into a boat and taking their chances against the great storm.
12. Tornado: Perspectives on Tornado Disasters (Disaster Dossiers)
Author: by Ben Hubbard
Heinemann (July 3, 2014)
What is it like to witness a tornado? This book looks at the Moore, El Reno, and other tornadoes, using firsthand accounts to describe events and people’s experiences, providing multiple perspectives from eyewitnesses, survivors, the emergency services, scientists, and the media.
13. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Ecological Disasters)
Author: by Laura Perdew
Humanity’s impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. The Great Pacific Garbage Patchshines a light on the giant accumulation of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind ocean currents and plastic’s chemical composition to explain the threat trash, especially plastic, poses for the world’s oceans, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation.
Features include a flow chart showing the disaster’s causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
14. The 2000s (Decades of the 20th and 21st Centuries)
Author: by Stephen Feinstein
“Discusses the decade 2000-2009 in the United States in terms of culture, art, science, and politics”
15. The Minamata Story: An EcoTragedy
Author: by Sean Michael Wilson
A powerful graphic novel /manga that tells the story of “Minamata disease,” a debilitating and sometimes fatal condition caused by the Chisso chemical factory’s careless release of methylmercury into the waters of the coastal community of Minamata in southern Japan.
First identified in 1956, it became a hot topic in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, growing into an iconic struggle between people versus corporations and government agencies. This struggle is relevant today, not simply because many people are still living with the disease but also because, in this time of growing concern over the safety of our environment-viz.
Flint, Michigan-Minamata gives us as a very moving example of such human-caused environmental disasters and what we can do about them.