Would you like to live where there are earthquakes? Well, in Earthquake Terror, Peg Kehret writes about the Palmer family going on a trip to the Magpie Islands. During their trip, Mrs. Palmer breaks her ankle and has to leave with Mr. Palmer to go to the hospital in Beaverville, California. They left the kids by themselves and that's when it all started.
Jonathon, Abby, and Moose, their dog, were by themselves when Moose started barking frantically, trying to get Jonathon's and Abby's attention. They heard it too. That's when the earthquake hit. The ground started rumbling and shaking. Then it started to pour down rain on them. Now for Abby, this was very hard for her because she had an accident when she was two years old, and it had left her legs partially paralyzed. Now, Abby uses her walker during the day, and she usually crawls at night.
Jonathon and Abby are very scared, but Jonathon is very brave and tells Abby to not worry and that everything is going to be all right. Abby is very frightened, but she tries to calm herself by singing some songs that she knows.
The earthquake stops, but the water is very high and there are trees down all over the place. The kids are on trees so they can stay afloat on the river. Jonathon and Abby are floating on trees, going down the river to see if they could get to shore.
The setting in here is very important in this book because in the northern part of California, on Magpie Island, the earthquake hits Magpie Island the hardest. Jonathon, Abby, and Moose are stranded on Magpie Island with nobody to help them except themselves and their dog, Moose. I really liked reading this book because Earthquake Terror, is a very adventurous, but dangerous journey for Abby, Jonathon, and Moose, to get to shore and back with their mom, Mrs. Palmer and their dad, Mr. Palmer.