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. Volume XIV Number 9 . . . .December 21, 2007
Hurricane Power tells the story of David Calvin and his move with his family from Wawa, a small northern town in Ontario, to Miami, Florida. On his second day, while out buying a water pistol as a birthday present for his brother, he mistakenly holds up another boy at gun point. After throwing his money at David's feet, the boy runs, and David gives chase only to have the police also follow in hot pursuit. This is only his second day. As David tries to find the boy to return his money, things get more and more complicated as the Black Roses, the local gang, also begin to look for David.
Sigmund Brouwer succeeds in adding humour to lighten a couple of very serious subjects, ranging from immigration to gangs. The main character, David, is also a young man trying to fit in and reconnect with his family. He faces all the challenges that moving to a new place brings. He wants desperately to fit in and believes that if he runs for the school team he might, and, in the worse case scenario, will succeed in maybe impressing Jennifer Lewis, the track coach's daughter. The title alludes to not only how fast David can run but also how running overpowers all of David's thoughts and worries.
Christina Pike is the principal of St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, NF.
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