Day of the Cyclone
by Penny Draper
Winner of the Silver Moonbeam Medal for Preteen Historical Fiction. It's 1912, and the lives of two children are twisted together as the Regina cyclone approaches: Ella, a well-to-do young lady, and Billy, a penniless runaway Home Child trying to keep his past a secret.
June, 1912. 12-year-old Ella is surprised by an unusual birthday gift from her father: a Brownie camera and the advice to seek pictures of things that 'don't belong'. This is how Ella first notices Billy, a boy at her school. They become good friends, although Ella is sure Billy is keeping something from her.
Ella soon realizes there are others to whom the 'don't belong' tag applies. They include herself! Helping out at her mother's IODE group, Ella finds out about women's rights - or the lack of them.
When Ella's mother's purse is raided, suspicion falls on Billy. Then, just as Ella is learning surprising things about both her mother and her mysterious friend, the cyclone arrives. The substandard housing of the poor is worst-hit. How can Ella, armed only with her camera, help her friend?
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