I was excited to write my book review of Stolen by the Seas
Stolen by the Seas is one of the best books I have ever read so far!
The story took place in Galveston, Texas in the midst of a big hurricane. The hurricane did actually happen on September 8, 1900 and it was a very bad storm that killed around 8,000 people.
I love how Anna Myers wrote this book. She wrote it as if she was Maggi McKenna. She wrote this book as if she was one of the people who survived the storm.
I could hardly put the book down until I finished. It is exciting to write a book review on Stolen by the Seas by Anna Myers.
It must have been raining terror throughout the city during this storm.
This shows devastation after Hurricane Ike and I can only imagine that is what it must have been like after the Galvaston Storm of 1900
Stolen by the Seas is part fiction and part non-fiction
Anna Myers took a bad storm and added what it was like for a brave girl (Maggie McKenna) to go through it and survive as some kids actually did. I also love how she used real homes and places like the St. Mary’s Orphanage. The orphanage did exist at one point and it did go down in the storm. Even though it was made out of stone & bricks it still went down. The author got her orphans from looking at a picture of the orphanage before the storm happened.
Maggie McKenna is a brave girl
In the book the main character, Maggie McKenna, has to face a hurricane without her parents. Luckily her mom has a young gardener named Felipe [Felipe is an Orphan at St. Mary’s with his two little twin sisters]. He was shy and Maggi McKenna did not like him at first. But then the storm hit and they must work together and do as much as they can to survive the horrible storm. I wonder if they ever thought someone would do a book review about their story? You’ll want to grab something to eat and drink before you pick up the book so you don’t have to leave it for one second.
Before the Storm
Maggie’s Mom was very sick. About two days before the storm Maggi’s Dad takes Maggie and some of her friends out to the ocean to swim for an hour before dark. While they were out at the sea Maggi’s Mom got even sicker than she was before they went. So the next morning her Dad and Mom went to see a doctor very far away. Out of the storm’s reach. They leave Maggi with the old house keeper and the grumpy cook. Then after a few more things happen in the story (you will just have to read the story to find the details) the storm hits bad. Oh this is a very fun book review to write.
During the Storm
The “over fill area” in Galvaston over flowed so the flood waters got up to the porch and then into her house. Felipe helps the orphan’s get into the Maggie’s house and the next thing they know they are fighting to stay alive with the current pushing against them.
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Did Maggie and Felipe survive? Did she ever find her parents? If you want to know what happens next (as well as more details in the beginning of the story) I would recommend going out and buying this book immediately. It was the very best book I have every read and I cannot imagine being Maggie McKenna or all of those little kids and adults that were Stolen by the Seas.
Queen of the Waves from a Latin French hymn, author unknown
Queen of the Waves, look forth across the ocean From north to south, from east to stormy west, See how the waters with tumultuous motion Rise up and foam without a pause or rest.
But fear we not, tho’ storm clouds round us gather, Thou art our Mother and thy little Child Is the All Merciful, our loving Brother God of the sea and of the tempest wild.
Help, then sweet Queen, in our exceeding danger, By thy seven griefs, in pity Lady save; Think of the Babe that slept within the manger And help us now, dear Lady of the Wave.
Up to the shrine we look and see the glimmer Thy votive lamp sheds down on us afar; Light of our eyes, oh let it ne’er grow dimmer, Till in the sky we hail the morning star.
Then joyful hearts shall kneel around thine altar And grateful psalms reecho down the nave; Never our faith in thy sweet power can falter, Mother of God, our Lady of the Wave.
I loved reading this book and writing the book review. I hope you enjoyed it. On to my next book!