Things haven’t been good since his mom left and his dad can’t seem to move on. Even though Cort’s mom isn’t that far away, it is like his dad can’t even focus on what is in front of him. Namely Cort. Cort knew that his mom wasn’t happy for a long time, but he is glad she’s gone because now he thinks they can move on. What he didn’t count on was his dad not being able to.
A hurricane is brewing and Cort and his dad need to get things ready for it. They live in a boat house, on the river, and Cort’s dad makes his living taking hunters into the swamp to hunt for alligators and wild boars. Cort loves living his life by the swamp and the river, but he isn’t sure his dad will be able to keep things together well enough for this life to continue. His dad doesn’t even seem all the concerned about getting ready for the hurricane.
When the storm hits, Cort finds himself left at a neighbor’s house with his good friend Liza, her little sister and their mom. Cort’s dad goes to “check” on Cort’s mom. When he still hasn’t returned after several hours, Liza’s mom goes after him.
A series of events leave Cort, Liza and her little sister at the mercy of the storm and all three of them trying to survive in the swamp – as all the other creatures in the swamp are trying to survive too.
Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key will keep you turning the page to see how, or if, Cort and the girls get out a no win situation.
Recommended for 6th grade and up.