Wednesday, December 13, 2017

K10: Tornado by Betsy Byars

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My name is Leo and I’m 8 years old. My favorite ice cream is chocolate and vanilla twist.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read TORNADO by Betsy Byars. I read this for reading group at school and I loved it.

Can you describe this book in one word?

What was your favorite part of this story?
My favorite part was when, after Pete lost Tornado, Tornado found Pete. Pete didn't think it was real, but he was really there.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
I'd ask for a new dog because Pete lost his dog. Or maybe I'd wait to see if the dog would come back.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
This book is really good, it has some sad parts, but then it gets good again because they solve the problem--it's a really great book!

What do you think about the book's cover?
I thought it looked cool with the storm behind the dog.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
Yes! It left off at a cliff hanger. I'd want a whole series of these books.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
No. It's different than all the other books I've read.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?

How did you come up with all these amazing ideas to throw into the story?

On the Besty Byars website, Ms. Byars answered this, in her own words:
"I loved writing this book because it gave me a chance to use some of the things my own dogs used to do. I had a dog named Sport who could do the same card trick that Tornado did in the book.

There was a red dog named Rudy who lived up the street. He came by one day, saw a nice bowl of water on our porch, took a drink and ended up, like Tornado, with a turtle in his mouth.

The cat in the book, Five-thirty, is a real cat and I dedicated the book to him and his family."

* * * Thank you, Leo, for sharing with us! * * *

A tornado appears in the distance, and Pete, the farmhand, gathers everyone into the storm cellar. While they wait for the storm to pass, he tells the family about the dog dropped down by a tornado when Pete was a boy. Named Tornado, Pete′s pet was no ordinary dog -- he played card tricks, saved a turtle′s life, and had a rivalry with the family cat. By the time Pete tells all of Tornado′s lively stories, the storm has passed, and another family has been entertained by this very special dog.

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