Stormstruck, by Cathy Beveridge


by Cathy Beveridge


  • Autumn 2006
  • ISBN 978-1-55380-041-5 (1-55380-041-9)
  • 5-1/4″ x 7-5/8″ Trade Paperback, 214 pages
  • Young Reader Novel – Ages 9 to 12

This historical time-travel novel, for children ten and up, is the third volume in Cathy Beveridge’s ongoing series on Canadian disasters. Once again we meet Jolene and her twin brother Michael, this time in an RV on the shores of the Great Lakes, where her father and grandfather are conducting research into the Great Storm of 1913.

Away from home, twelve-year-old Jolene feels fragile and lost, lacking a sure sense of direction in her life. When Grandpa discovers a time crease that enables them to step back into 1913, Jolene embraces the opportunity, feeling that she may find some help for her self-doubts in witnessing an earlier time.

At first, however, the past offers no answers. Jolene’s high-spirited new friend Em is a total mystery, and her ardent support of the suffragettes reinforces Jolene’s self-doubts. Then Em inadvertently leads the twins onto the Regina as the ship sails onto Lake Huron and into the Great Storm. When the order to abandon the sinking ship comes, they manage to escape and spend a night clinging to a raft in frigid waters. With her twin brother injured, Jolene is forced to draw on all her resources to allow the threesome to survive. In the process, she discovers her inner strength and a new passion for life.

Click here to read the background and historical information behind Stormstruck.

“The goal of historical fiction writers is to make long ago become real to young readers. . . . Cathy Beveridge does even better than that . . . she literally ‘takes’ readers back in time in a very effective way”
— Lian Goodall, Children’s Book Reviewer

Cathy Beveridge’s Canadian Disaster Series:


Reviews & Awards

Included in Resource Link‘s Year’s Best Books

“The deftly woven plot of this time slip fantasy novel brings events from the present into the past and back again . . . Recommended”
CM Magazine

“A good, highly readable story.”
Hi-Rise Community Newspaper

“Stormstruck is a captivating novel . . . deserves 4 golden stars!”
KIdsWWwrite – Sarah’s Stars