No matter how hard twelve-year-old North Olson tries to do what’s right, he can’t seem to please his dad. When a major flood threatens to destroy his hometown, North is left in charge of his little sister Rosie. A blizzard blows in and his great-grandmother disappears. Can North find his great-grandmother and keep Rosie safe as the flood waters continue to rise? Will he finally make his dad proud?
Elizabeth Raum has written over 150 books for young readers, often choosing to write about places she has lived. During the 1997 floods in the Red River Valley, she was living in Fargo, North Dakota. As she watched elementary and high school students fill sandbags and build dikes, she wondered what would happen to kids who were home alone as flood waters rose. North, Rosie, and Grandma Lily are fictional characters who stepped up to provide a possible answer.