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Young Adult Fiction Survival Stories

Flash Flood

by (author) Gabrielle Prendergast

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2024
Survival Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Orphans & Foster Homes, Neurodiversity
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


When a flash flood leaves Zack and his younger foster brother stranded at home, it’s up to Zack to make sure they survive.

Seventeen-year-old Zack has been living with his foster parents, the Tates, for three years. He used to be an angry mess with a broken heart, but with their love and support he’s doing better now—and managing his ADHD. His foster brother, troubled fourteen-year-old Peter, arrived three months ago. Struggling with ADHD and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Peter reminds Zach of himself before the Tates took him in.

During a massive rainstorm, Peter runs away. While the Tates are out searching for him, the town announces a mandatory emergency evacuation. The river is flooding! Peter finally shows up and Zack takes charge, gathering supplies and trying to make sure Peter is okay. As the water rises, Zack and Peter have to figure out whether to sit tight and wait or try to escape…before they get washed away.

About the author

Gabrielle Prendergast is a UK-born Canadian/Australian who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Gabrielle is the author of the verse novels Capricious and Audacious, which was shortlisted for a CLA Award, and The Frail Days in the Orca Limelights and the middle-grade novel Pandas on the Eastside. For More information, visit

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Editorial Reviews

“The pacing and tension rise and flow with the floodwaters, whisking readers along…A fast-paced, plot-driven story for reluctant readers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[An] epic adventure…Foster brothers [try] to survive a natural disaster in this intense climate drama. Though Zack and Peter continuously clash over the course of this harrowing read, their growing bond and mutual realization that they are stronger together than apart emphasizes the simple messaging of this brief story about family.”

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