From the Series Nature in Action

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

The day is hot and muggy, but cool weather is moving in. All at once, there’s a thunderous rumble that sounds like an approaching freight train. The sky darkens and the wind picks up. A spinning cloud touches the ground, tossing roofs, cars, and trees skyward. A tornado is on the move. In Tornado, learn about what causes dangerous swirling storms—from water spouts to violent “twisters.” Amazing photographs and a clearly written text explain what happens inside the storm clouds and give you tips about how to stay safe—even if you live in “Tornado Alley.”

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science
Copyright 1992
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1992-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 551.55'3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 8.125
Lexile 940
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15444
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides


  • PLA Top Titles for Adult New Readers, Winner, 1992


Appraisal: Science Books for Young People

“Beginning with a series of stunning photographs and a brief description of how a tornado forms, author Stephen Kramer explains in an easy-to-read, straightforward style what tornadoes are and how they differ from other windstorms.” —Appraisal

Science Books & Films

“. . .simplified overview of tornado activity.” —Science Books & Films

The Boston Globe

“. . .well organized with an accessible text . . .” —The Boston Globe

Author: Stephen Kramer

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Nature in Action

Teaming dramatic color photographs with vivid descriptions, this series makes natural phenomena easy to understand. View available downloads →