Texas Author’s Book on 1900 Galveston Hurricane Now Available as Anniversary Nears

Paperback version available for young readers and teachers.

Written by Barbara Brannon A historical novel recounting  one young man’s efforts to survive The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is now available in paperback. First published in 2002, “The Great Storm” tells the story of a fictional youngster, J. T. King, as he manages to survive one of the largest natural disasters in American history. The paperback version is available just in time for back-to-school readers to explore the Sept. 8 event 110 years later. Author Lisa Waller Rogers recalls the day forty years ago when she and her family rode out Hurricane Celia in Corpus Christi. “I lay down on the hall floor,” she remembers. “The wind was picking up things—stuffed animals, dolls, pillow, shoes, you name it—and whipping them around the room like a spinning top.” Rogers surely drew on her own personal experience while crafting her historical novel for young readers. Based on actual firsthand accounts, it Extensive primary-source research forms the backbone of J. T.’s thrilling authentic and richly detailed diary. The historical appendix, complete with photos and map, is invaluable to young readers and teachers alike. For more information on Lisa Waller Rogers’s Lone Star Journals for young readers, visit www.ttupress.org. Local vendors interested in ordering the book may contact Texas Tech University Press  (TTUP) at (800) 832-4042, fax (806) 742-2979.  For more information or a review copy of the book, contact the TTUP marketing department, (806) 742-2982 or ttup@ttu.edu.