Book View: Night of the Twisters

Book View: Night of the TwistersNight of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
Published by Harper Collins on September 25, 1986
Pages: 160

When a tornado watch is issued one Tuesday evening in June, twelve-year-old Dan Hatch and his best friend, Arthur, don't think much of it. After all, tornado warnings are a way of life during the summer in Grand Island, Nebraska. But soon enough, the wind begins to howl, and the lights and telephone stop working. Then the emergency siren starts to wail. Dan, his baby brother, and Arthur have only seconds to get to the basement before the monstrous twister is on top of them. Little do they know that even if they do survive the storm, their ordeal will have only just begun. . . .


Living in tornado alley made Night of the Twisters a really intense read. I loved the realistic way that the storm was portrayed and the conflict of an older brother realizes how much he loves his baby brother after the disaster hits. I love that this book deals with both the during and aftermath of a tornado. I’ve never had to experience one before and it’s scary to think how deadly and destructive they are. I think this gives readers a quick look into what has happened to several over the years when it comes to twisters and tornadoes. Night of the Twister really brings a tragic natural disaster to life and also shows how it can bring people together. I also liked the random Dungeons and Dragons reference and some other quirky moments in the story.


An intense story with a happy ending, great for younger readers.

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