I Survived the Joplin Tornado, the latest in the New York Times I Survived series for readers aged 7 to 10, will not be published until August 25, but it has zoomed up to number 6,977 among more than eight million books ranked on Amazon.
The Scholastic book, which is written by Lauren Tarshis, is described in this way on its Amazon page:
The next book in the New York Times bestselling I Survived series will place readers right in the middle of the deadly Joplin Tornado of 2011.
The 2011 Joplin tornado was a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011. It was part of a larger tornado outbreak in the spring of that year and reached a maximum width of nearly 1 mile during its path through the southern part of the city, killing 158 people, injuring over 1,000 and caused damages amounting to a total of $2.8 billion, making it the costliest single tornado in U.S. history. Lauren will bring her signature intensity to this distinctly American natural disaster, placing a young boy in the middle of one of the deadliest tornadoes to strike the United States since 1947.
The number two book, my Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, has only been available for three days and is ranked at number 37,631.
This week's Top 10:
1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshis 6,972
2. Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Randy Turner 37,631
3. Scars from the Tornado: One Year at East Middle School, Randy Turner 106,574
4. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado 557,266
5. Joplin 5:41, Kansas City Star 601,493
6. 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado Randy Turner and John Hacker 845,144
7. Life After the Storm Debbie Fleitman 1,048,732
8. Miracle of the Human Spirit Mark Rohr 1,104,276
9. 32 Days in May Joplin Globe 1,250,211
10. When the Sirens Were Silent Mike Smith 1,511,709