I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12)
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Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Rays, he has to say yes! Dr. Rays is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin.
Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn't heading toward Joplin, and wouldn't it be great to have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts direction, Dexter's bravery is about to get seriously tested...
Dex heard voices calling from the street, ragged shouts that rose up over the sirens that wailed all across Joplin. “Dex!” “Dex!” Dex jumped up and practically flew toward the street, with Zeke following right behind him. Mom reached him first, and then Dad. They all grabbed hold of one another, and Zeke nuzzled in, too. They clung together and cried. But they did not cry for what had been lost. That would come later. Right now, they were crying for what they had found. Dex sat up in
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Norman Gage isn’t chasing bunnies. He’s chasing tornadoes!” “Now there’s a show I’d like to see,” Dad said. “Norman Gage, bunny chaser!” That made them all laugh, with Mom’s singsong giggle rising up loudest. Good sign, Dex thought. When Mom was really upset, not even Zeke could make her smile. After Jeremy left, it seemed Mom hadn’t cracked a smile for a month. Mom stopped laughing. “I’d just feel better if one of us were going along.” There was no way she or Dad could miss the graduation
It was a tornado. An enormous, churning tornado, the biggest Dex had ever imagined. It was on a path to destroy Joplin. Dr. Gage turned the SUV around again, and they raced away from the tornado. He punched 911 into his phone. A woman’s voice came over the speaker. “Nine-one-one emergency.” “This is Dr. Norman Gage. I’m a storm chaser. There is a massive tornado on the ground in southwest Joplin. It could be a mile wide. And it is rain-wrapped and almost impossible to see. People need to
tank was no match for a strong tornado. But where else could they go? Even if there was an underground bomb shelter right in the parking lot, they couldn’t get to it. Stepping outside now would be crazy. They might as well run through a spray of machine-gun fire and grenades. And then, Smash! The window next to Dex shattered, shooting glass across his face. Whoosh! The tornado wind blasted into the car, hot air packed with dirt and rocks and wood and glass. It swirled around Dex, biting