Angel's family has seen many typhoons. For generations the violent storms have passed across the central Philippines around November, bringing with them drenching rains and strong winds. Lately they seem to be stronger, more destructive, but Angel's family and their neighbours know how to batten down - it's part of their way of life. But when a super typhoon comes to Tacloban, will Angel be able to withstand the greatest challenge of all?
Angel and her family live on the waters edge in Tacloban. Every year storms and typhoons batter the Philippines, but they all know how to pack up the house and the boat and wait for the storm to pass.
But the storm that hits this year is unlike anything they have ever seen before, as huge walls of water batter the town and cause massive destruction. Angel and her neighbour Mrs Reyes are separated from the rest of her family, and so begins the search to find out who survived.
This is a fascinating story focusing on how people react when faced with disaster and are struggling to survive. This is a story of hope, resilience and courage, as Angel and her friends grow up very quickly and realise how strong and capable they are. It is also a story of friendship and the truly wonderful nature of the human spirit when faced with adversity.
A perfect story for students in Year 7 and up. It has a wonderful message, and will leave you realising that all you really need to be happy is food, water, shelter, and to know your family are safe and well - everything else are just possessions.
Reviewed by Michelle