Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Theme: Weather

Stormy Weather - (ISBN: 978-0446677165)

by Carl Hiaasen

Get ready for a great mystery set against the backdrop of a huge Florida hurricane. If you enjoy crazy characters and a slightly humorous view of the world, you will love this dance through the Everglades, corrupt business, and employees of a variety of persuasions.

The Johnstown Flood - (ISBN: 978-0844662923)

by David McCullough

Natural weather phenomena only play a part in the growth and eruption of this great historical flood which killed thousands of Pennsylvanians in 1889. For readers unfamiliar with the work of David McCullough, this book is a great introduction to the historical documentary, painstakingly researched and interestingly written.

The Left Hand of Darkness - (ISBN: 978-0441007318)

by Ursula K. LeGuin

Imagine what a world would be like if everything were permanently frozen. This world, Winter, also features residents of without gender. This classic book is great for science fiction fans, feminists, literary historians, and those with a philosophical bent.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - (ISBN: 978-0061148460)

by Sebastian Junger

Learn how forces gradually building in a calm night can result in complete chaos as a storm erupts. How does man manage to combat such strong forces that seem to come together as one massive evil power? Based on the Halloween storm of 1991, this book tells a fascinating tale with the help of first-hand survivor accounts.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - (ISBN: 978-0618773473)

by Timothy Egan

Author Egan places the blame for years of drought and failure in the American Mid-West and West firmly on the heads of greedy landowners trying to raise crops on poorly suited land. His genius in this book is in the portrayal of two groups of people: those who were forced to move and fail, and those who stayed behind to live amid the ruins. The dust storms and black winds that blew serve as symbols for the destructiveness of human greed. Talk to your older relatives about what they remember of this period or compare this telling with others you may have read.

Dead Man's Island - (ISBN: 978-0553566079)

by Carolyn G. Hart

Famine - (ISBN: 978-1903582206)

by Liam O'Flaherty

Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Changed America - (ISBN: 978-1933405131)

The Last Days of Pompeii - (ISBN: 978-1604244816)

by Bulwer Lytton

Activities for this Theme

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