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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Bodett Narrator: Tom Bodett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750171
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From humorist, storyteller, author, and the voice of Motel 6 commercials, here is an exciting middle-grade adventure novel set in rural Alaska. Ivan and September Crane, ages 12 and 13, are left alone for a couple of weeks while their fisherman Dad is away at sea. In typical adolescent fashion, they quickly proceed to ignore his only two instructions–don't run down the batteries on the portable short-wave radio, their only means of communication, and don't cross the bay to town. Through a series of bad decisions they find themselves crossing Bag Bay in their skiff when they are suddenly overtaken by a sudden and fierce autumn storm known as a williwaw. Ivan and September must use every ounce of strength, courage, and ingenuity they possess to keep themselves afloat until help comes. Williwaw contains rich descriptions of Alaskan geography and wildlife. Its likable characters and taut suspense will keep readers riveted until the last page.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/12/2014

    " I really liked the book, but the actual storm part is very small. I thought that was the focus of the book, but it's really about them living on the island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelynn | 12/13/2013

    " This is an amazing book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 10/11/2013

    " I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK BUT THEY KEPT GETTING INTO TROUBLE!!!!!! IVAN IS SOOOO FUNNY IN THE BOOK!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dotty | 7/14/2013

    " Tense sections and adventure/survival but a bit predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/26/2013

    " great kids book. felt silly reading it on BART, etc. but it's about alaska so i couldn't resist. i like reading a children's book every now and then, and when i learned tom bodett lived in alaska for 23 years, this was the first of his books i picked up. it made me want to live out in the bush! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 4/10/2013

    " September & brother Ivan make choices for survival in the Alaska semi-wilderness while their father finishes his commercial fishing job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy C. | 3/9/2013

    " An exciting fourth grade and up read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Fidalgo | 10/22/2012

    " I read this while in the 5th grade. I was very much surprised at how good it was. Highly entertaining, emotional, and action filled. I got a lot from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 8/23/2012

    " A great read about the trials and tribulations of decision making as a youth with a taste of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna K | 7/26/2012

    " I loved this book but as a read aloud it had mixed reviews. Some students were anxious for it to end but some loved it. We voted and the class chose not to abandon it. I suspect I love it so much because it is about Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edgar quintanilla | 6/16/2012

    " i recommend this book because it shows how stubborn and selfish people could be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/2/2011

    " I read this when I was in fourth grade and I begged my mom to read it and she loved it too! Strangely my best friend didn't- I was like WHAT???? :):):):):)This is an action-packed book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zofie Vedas | 6/14/2011

    " Another boring book I had to read in elementary school, sixth grade I think, why anyone considers this an interesting read for anyone is beyond me. It's too bad there are not very many good books for kids grade third through six. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Sharp | 5/23/2011

    " It was a very good book! To bad the mom died. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lilly | 3/20/2011

    " i read this for a book report in 6th grade...ehh... not the best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 3/10/2011

    " Such acute story; really short, but sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 3/2/2011

    " Not as good as I thought "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/5/2011

    " I read this while in the 5th grade. I was very much surprised at how good it was. Highly entertaining, emotional, and action filled. I got a lot from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laila | 10/13/2010

    " Another boring book I had to read in elementary school, sixth grade I think, why anyone considers this an interesting read for anyone is beyond me. It's too bad there are not very many good books for kids grade third through six. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 6/6/2010

    " It was a very good book! To bad the mom died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/19/2010

    " I loved this book but as a read aloud it had mixed reviews. Some students were anxious for it to end but some loved it. We voted and the class chose not to abandon it. I suspect I love it so much because it is about Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edgar | 2/19/2010

    " i recommend this book because it shows how stubborn and selfish people could be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2010

    " I read this when I was in fourth grade and I begged my mom to read it and she loved it too! Strangely my best friend didn't- I was like WHAT???? :):):):):)This is an action-packed book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/26/2009

    " I really liked the book, but the actual storm part is very small. I thought that was the focus of the book, but it's really about them living on the island. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 7/10/2009

    " Not as good as I thought "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/20/2009

    " I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK BUT THEY KEPT GETTING INTO TROUBLE!!!!!! IVAN IS SOOOO FUNNY IN THE BOOK!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/13/2009

    " An exciting fourth grade and up read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lilly | 11/25/2008

    " i read this for a book report in 6th grade...ehh... not the best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tara | 5/9/2008

    " great kids book. felt silly reading it on BART, etc. but it's about alaska so i couldn't resist. i like reading a children's book every now and then, and when i learned tom bodett lived in alaska for 23 years, this was the first of his books i picked up. it made me want to live out in the bush! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/4/2008

    " Listening to Tom Bodet tell this tale, added to the excitement of the story. The story relates life in the Alaska and the challenges of growing up.
    Great story for families. "

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About the Author
Author Tom BodettTom Bodett is a writer, radio personality, and spokesperson for Motel 6. He also hosted the PBS/Travel Channel coproduction Travels on America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett, which received two Emmy nominations. He is the author of several books for adults and has recorded more than 15 audiobooks. The author lives in Putney, VT.