Escaping the Giant Wave

Escaping the Giant Wave

by Peg Kehret


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When an earthquake hits on their family vacation, can Kyle and his sister survive the following tsunami?

The Worst Vacation Ever!

Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He’d never flown before, and he’s never seen the Pacific Ocean.

One evening Kyle is left in charge of his younger sister, BeeBee, while his parents attend an adults-only Salesman of the Year dinner on an elegant yacht.

Then the earthquake comes—starting a fire in their hotel! As Kyle and BeeBee fight their way out through smoke and flame, Kyle remembers the sign at the beach that said after an earthquake everyone should go uphill and inland, as far from the ocean as possible. Giant tsunami waves—three or four stories high—can ride in from the sea and engulf anyone who doesn’t escape fast enough.

Kyle and BeeBee flee uphill as a tsunami crashes over the beach, the hotel, and the town. The giant wave charges straight up the hillside and through the woods where the children are running for their lives. The perfect vacation has become a nightmare! Somehow Kyle and BeeBee have to outwit nature’s fury and save themselves from tsunami terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689852732
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 08/24/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 82,246
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

PEG KEHRET's popular novels for young people are regularly nominated for state awards. She has received the Young Hoosier Award, the Golden Sower Award, the Iowa Children's Choice Award, the Celebrate Literacy Award, the Sequoyah Award, the Land of Enchantment Award, the Maud Hart Lovelace Award, and the Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award. She lives with her husband, Carl, and their animal friends in Washington State, where she is a volunteer at the Humane Society and SPCA. Her two grown children and four grandchildren live in Washington, too.

Peg's Minstrel titles include Nightmare Mountain: Sisters, Long Ago; Cages; Terror at the Zoo; Horror at the Haunted House; and the Frightmares series.

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Escaping the Giant Wave 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
soccergirl310 More than 1 year ago
This is the best book EVER! Peg Kehret describes everything perfectly and adds in so much dramatic scenes aside from the giant wave! It's so intense, I coudn't put in down! I read for 5 hours straight until i finished it! After that I read even more of her books. Read her other books too! Stranger Next door is my favorite!
hubbre0141 More than 1 year ago
Escaping the Giant Wave was a nice quick read. I really enjoyed the descriptive details on what it was like to encounter an earthquake. The plot in the story was really nice and easy to follow, so much so that I really had trouble putting the book down. I recommend this book to someone who is looking for a realistic fiction story with a great journey. Escaping the Giant Wave is about a family who decides to go on a trip to the coast of Oregon. The main character Kyle, a sixth grade boy, runs into trouble at the very beginning of the story. He discovers that the school bully, Daren, and his family would be joining them on their vacation. This is just a small problem on the list of things that go wrong on his trip. If you are up for an adventure, and want to hear more about Kyle's vacation gone wrong, Escaping the Giant wave is the one for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVERY READ! im not a big book person because i give up on books easily but i finished this book in 48 hours! No wonder it is a reward winning novel because everyone likes it !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for anyone who likes reading about natural disasters
frankietank More than 1 year ago
it was so awsome i read in half a day literally. i loved the frightening parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is going to be the best summer ever, or is it? In the book, Escaping the giant wave, thirteen year old Kyle is babysitting his sister Beebee on vacation. They were all alone in the hotel because their parents went on a yacht. They were going to have so much fun until they saw Kyle's bully, Daren, on the floor unconscious. Kyle's goal for vacation is to stand up for himself to Daren. Kyle and Beebee remembered the sign on the beach it said "Warning, tsunami"! Is there going to be a tsunami? Or is Kyle going to stand up for himself? Read the book to find out! I connect to this book so much because I have bad days like that. For example, it rained on my soccer game so I couldn't play. Who wants to have a soccer gamed rained out? Not me! The author Peg Kehrets has won twenty three children state book awards. Peg and her husband, Carl, lives in a log house on ten acres. When she is not writing, she reads, watches baseball, and plays piano. I recommend this book to you because this is a very interesting book. Also it gets you all exited to know what's going to happen next. When you read this your never going to put the book down.
chloespeeddemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About a guy who's always getting pushed around by this one kid at school. His father wins a buisness trip and the bully goes to. There is a fire in the hotel. Kyle saves his life but the kid regrets it. Great for people who feel like they aare always getting pushed around.
jyau604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is about this kid and his sister and there have been roomers of this big wave going to hit the city but so the day that it came they are fighting to stay alive and trying to get to higher ground before the wave hits them
dhawkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book recently won the Maud Hart Lovelace Award for 2007. I was less than impressed: The bully is a stock character, who, when confronted, does what every bully in every other book does. The main character and supporting characters are also a bit flat. It seems that the tsunami is the most important "character" in the story, yet it doesn't seem to be based upon any historical event. When did a devastating tsunami hit Oregon?
alexandrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kyle always wanted to babysit so he could get money. But when he gets to babysit Kyle and his sister BeeBee gets in a tsunami when their mother and father are on the ocean so they have to solve everything themselves. I recommend this book for people who like adventure books.
ilovehorses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It descibed the events very well. Slow start, big finish. I felt it left some loose ends.
zmalensek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A normal family goes on a luxury vacation.But they had no idea they might get hit by a tsunami! While there parents were out on a cruise the worst thing happens to them.... they get hit by a tsunami!
agraves003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about kids who's parents are going on a trip and they went with them. Then while they were in the hotel alone a hurricane hits. These kids have to survive alone. How do they do it? You have to read the book to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a amazing book if you love to be suprised it is not a kind of book that starts out boring and then gets good it is a kind of book that starts out good and stays good you should apsalutly read this book!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret, is a phenomenal read. This book starts out by easing you into the story by introducing you to the characters. One of the character's names is Kyle; Kyle is Beebee's older brother. He is very wise for a thirteen and usually makes good decisions. He is a great babysitter and son for his parents. Another character's name is BeeBee; BeeBee is Kyle's younger, yet smarter sister. Once you've read this book you'll see she is a good listener when it comes to natural disasters. (I think most of us would be! Scary!!!) She loves math especially math that deals with financial subjects. A third main character in this book is Daren; Daren is a bully from the first part of this book to the end of the middle part. We find out halfway into the beginning of the story that not only is he picking on Kyle, but on BeeBee too. Towards the end of this book Kyle stands up to Daren and Daren is nice. A supporting character towards the end is a woman named Josie; Josie is Norm's adoring wife. Josie is supper nice and brave. She helps comfort and support Kyle and BeeBee during the first part of the tsunami. A final character is Norm; Norm is Josie's loving husband. Norm shares a dog named Pansy with his wife. Norm and even Pansy are helpful to Kyle and BeeBee during and after this disaster. One day Kyle and BeeBee's father comes home with great news. He says he has won an all expense paid vacation to thee Oregon Coast. When there one day, they decide to take a walk on the beach. While enjoying their walk the spot a sign that has instructions if a tsunami hits that area. Another night on their vacation Kyle and BeeBee's parents go on a cruise for their dad's business. While their parents are out at sea, Kyle and BeeBee overcome their first earthquake and tsunami. If this book were a true story, it would take place in the modern day at the Oregon Coast. The theme or lesson of this story is to stand up for yourself and others and when trouble comes stay calm and you will most likely be okay. I liked this story because I love the topic of natural disasters, and a tsunami is most definitely a natural disaster. I connected to this book by text to self because from when I was little to this day I loved the topic of natural disasters. (at least not happening to me) I also connected to this book by text to world because the world and this book have a lot in common; this book and the world both have bullies and tsunamis. p.s. I chose the Natural Disaster book because a tsunami is a natural disaster. I chose "the boy who dared" and "dairy of the wimpy kid" because there is a bully in both of those books and the bully in "Escaping the giant wave" is Daren.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg!!! i totally loved this book u have to read it if u havent yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever! I read it in fourth grade and again in sixth! I usually can't read a book more than once, but when i re-read this book i loved it just as much as the first time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very exciting and interesting!! Keeps you on your toes. I could never stop reading this book.Everytime the chapter ended I wanted to know what was going to happen next!!!I love this book it is one of my favorites and I totally recomend this book to anyone, any age!!!