An engaging story of friendship and adventure is what middle grade readers will find in Hurricane Mia: A Caribbean Adventure by Donna Marie Seim.
Mia’s summer plans have been ruined. She was supposed to be traveling to Maine with her best friend, Sam. Instead, her gravely ill mother sends her and her younger brother, Jack, off to stay with their grandparents on a remote island in the Caribbean.
What could be worse than that?
She and Gram don’t get along at all. It’s hot and sticky there. And there is nothing to do!
Then Mia meets Neisha, a local girl who works at her mother’s cafe. Though Gram doesn’t want her hanging around at that cafe, when Neisha tells her about a “tea that cures everything,” Mia knows she has to get her hands on some so she can cure her mom. Maybe then she can go home and leave this horrible place behind.
What a great story. Seim has easily captured the feelings a girl Mia’s age would experience when faced with a total upheaval of her life. Angry, a tiny bit selfish, annoyed by her brother, and unable to see any good in what has happened, she is determined to find that tea and get the heck out of Dodge as fast as the next puddle-jumper can fly her.
Painting a wonderful picture for her readers, Seim fills the pages with details of the locale that make you feel as if you were right there with Mia, Jack, and Neisha. This is complemented perfectly by the illustrations provided by Susan Spellman.
What I liked best about Hurricane Mia is that the main character wasn’t the only one to learn a lesson from her experience. Things changed for several people after the excursion to find the tea. The book also includes a glossary of terms, discussions questions, and fun activities.
Hurricane Mia by Donna Maire Seim is a well-written, delightful story that young readers will enjoy.
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