José always viewed his life as quite comfortable. Not only was he a student at the exclusive bilingual school that only rich kids go to, but he was also a pretty good soccer player. But life in his small village is completely changed when Honduras is hit by Hurricane Mitch. The hours of cowering in the dark, listening to the storm's fury are nothing compared with what José must face when the storm is passed.
Not only are José's father, sister, and one brother missing, but he must face of a deadly mudslide, lack of food and water, and spreading illness. José is able to help his fellow villagers using his English language skills to get help from United Nations disaster releif teams, but tragedy is still all around and the good that José is able to accomplish still can't keep the question from his mind: “Will he ever see his missing family members again?”
I felt that “Hurricane,” by Terry Trueman was a well-written book that did a good job of capturing the feelings of young José and the other Honduran's faced by disaster. Of course no mere written word can completely express the loss of death, but Terry Trueman's story is still touching while not coming across as over-played. This fine balance and skillful handling make me recommend “Hurricane” to all readers.