Saturday, October 10, 2015

I Survived, Silver Lining, 5:41 top Amazon Joplin Tornado book rankings

Lauren Tarshis' Scholastic children's book, I Survived the Joplin Tornado, is undoubtedly already the best selling book published about the Joplin Tornado and is atop the Amazon charts for books about the May 22, 2011, natural disaster.

Tarshis was in Joplin this week, visiting elementary schools and giving a talk at the Joplin Public Library.

The leading adult books about the tornado, coming in at numbers two and three on the list are my Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud and 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, written by Carthage Press Managing Editor John Hacker and me.

Amazon shows that another children's book on the tornado, Joplin Tornado Survival Stories by Emily O'Keefe is scheduled to be published January 1, 2016.

The complete list follows:

1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshis 6,226
2. Silver Lining in Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado 113,232
3. 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 576,653
4. Joplin 5:41, Kansas City Star 818,088
5. Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin, Tamara Hart Heiner 852,552
6. Simple Pleasures, Kenna White 1,103,958
7. 32 Minutes in May, Joplin Globe 1,125,137
8. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado, Carolyn Mueller 1,214,591
9. When the Sirens Were Silent, Mike Smith 1,685,145
10. Miracle of the Human Spirit, Mark Rohr 1,934,506
11. Scars from the Tornado, Randy Turner 1,937,153
12. Life After the Storm, Debbie Kleitman 1,977,661
13. When the Storm Passes, Julie Jett 2,055,522
14. Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery, David Burton, Genevieve Williams, Rebecca Williams 2,228,723
15. Singing Over Me, Danielle Stammer 2,317,629
16. Spirit of Hope, Randy Turner and John Hacker, 2,643,685
17. Hindsight: Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado Zac Rantz and Stephen Kleinsmith 2,767,715
18. Shatterproof, Katrina Hoover 2,852,181
19. 20th and Rangeline, Joplin, Missouri Thomas Meisinger 3,022,392
20. 5/22: Stories of Survival, Stories of Faith, Scott Hettinger 3,202,509
21. Out of the Wind, D. Hoggatt 3,438,925
22. Joplin Tornado House of Hope, Tim Bartow 3,815,534
23. Joplin, Missouri Tornado of May 22, 2011 David Prevatt 4,711,816
24. Mayday in Joplin, Donald Clugston 5,918,649
Copies of Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud and 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado are available in Joplin at Always Buying Books, Changing Hands Book Shoppe, and The Book Guy.

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