It is time. At least that is what Eli believes. He just can’t take it anymore. After his sister, Celeste died, he has been haunted by her ghost for the past six years. And he feels like it is time to join her since he can’t make her stop haunting him. With a huge hurricane, ironically named Celeste, bearing down on the little island of Shackles, everyone has been ordered to evacuate. Eli is just putting the finishing touches on his parents’ house in terms of boarding it up, when he decides to head out to the light house. The lighthouse where his sister died and where he plans to do the same.
Max is heading into the storm, but she only feels like she’s running from one, mostly of her own making. For the last few years, she’s made her own life and that of her father’s miserable. After all, it was just supposed to be the two of them after her mother left them both. Angie, her stepmother, ruined that, at least in Max’s opinion. So she set about making her father know how much she hates the fact that her dad changed the rules on them. Unfortunately for Max, her father left the game by dying on her. Now Max has decided to carry out one wish that she thinks her father would have wanted – to have his ashes scattered off the lighthouse they once visited when it was just the two of them. Max, of course, has no idea that Hurricane Celeste is bearing down on Shackles Island where the lighthouse is located, with Eli in it.
When the two meet at the lighthouse, neither wants to give up their position, but all that changes when some locals come by and alter both their lives and the lives of the few people who have decided to weather the storm on the island.
Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly gives us a look at two people at the defining moment in their lives and it shows us all how we can be set on one course, only to realize there is another road possible.
Recommended for grades 7th and up.