Swimming Against the Storm – Teacher’s Notes

Swimming Against the Storm is the third novel by Jess Butterworth, author of Running on the Roof of the World and When the Mountains Roared. Set in the swamps of Louisiana this exciting adventure story combines with a hopeful message about fighting climate change and caring for the earth and its animals.

These reading questions and activities are aimed at KS2 pupils and cover literacy objectives, focusing on reading comprehension and inference, but also provide cross-curricular links.

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Swimming Against the Storm

Our land is sinking. It’s disappearing into the water. And no one knows how to save it.

Twelve-year-old Eliza and her sister Avery have lived their entire lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana, growing up alongside turtles, pelicans and porpoises. But now, with sea levels rising, their home is at risk of being swept away.

Determined to save the land, Eliza and her younger sister Avery secretly go searching in the swamp for the dangerous, wolf-like loup-garou. If they can prove this legendary creature exists, they’re sure that the government will have to protect its habitat – and their community.

But there’s one problem: the loup-garou has never been seen before. And with a tropical storm approaching and the sisters deep, deep in the swampland, soon it’s not just their home at risk, but their lives as well…

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