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A Hundred Hours of Night
Contributor(s): Woltz, Anna, Watkinson, Laura (Translator)
ISBN: 0545848288     ISBN-13: 9780545848282
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: May 2016
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Annotation: Furious at her father, who is caught up in a sex scandal, obsessive-compulsive fifteen-year-old Emilia runs away from Amsterdam to New York, where she meets friends and suffers through Hurricane Sandy.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Runaway teenagers; Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters; Juvenile fiction.
Hurricane Sandy, 2012; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015039412
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.76 lbs) 242 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 182869
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68488
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Anna Woltz was living in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit the city in 2012. She spent the days afterward wandering through lower Manhattan, searching for warmth, food, and electrical outlets. When the lights came back on, she began writing A Hundred Hours of Night. Anna now lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Dutch fifteen-year-old Emilia de Wit, humiliated by a scandal involving her father and needing to reestablish control over her own life, makes a statement by running away to NYC. But plans fall through, and Emilia finds herself relying on the kindness of strangers as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the city. An unrealistic premise is balanced by action and a likable heroine. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 9 Up—When Emilia's father commits an act so scandalous that she cannot stay in school or even at home in Amsterdam any longer, she declares her independence by fleeing to New York City. Emilia de Wit is a meticulous 15-year-old who leaves nothing to chance and who is repulsed by dirt and germs, so she carefully plans every step of her journey, even prepaying to sublet a lovely apartment. Despite her fastidiousness, Emilia finds herself without a place to sleep just as Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the city. She is rescued by Seth and his young sister, who are taking care of each other and their apartment in their mother's absence. With Jim, an injured teen neighbor, Seth, Emilia, and Abby prepare a hurricane shelter in the apartment and ride out the storm. Woltz wrote this engaging story after being in New York during Sandy, and she pulls readers into her experience through vivid descriptions of the neighborhoods, the storm's devastation, and the residents' amazing resiliency. While Emilia is a well-developed character, we learn only as much about others as she does, and only enough to understand their relationships with her. They have dealt with traumatic life events and ridden out personal storms in their own ways. As their stories emerge, the protagonist learns more about herself as well and finds new strength to confront her father and her temperamental artist mother and to become a catalyst for change for them all. VERDICT Highly recommended.—MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY

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