Some examples of personification can be found in Chapter 4 of the novel Trouble, during a fierce storm that sets in as Franklin remains in the hospital in an induced coma, soon before his death. Author Gary D. Schmidt uses personification to make the storm come alive.
During the storm, Henry tries to do his homework and wants to call Sanborn for help with his pre-algebra problems. However, when Henry finds that the phone lines are down, he decides all he can really do is go to bed. But, lying under the quilt with Black Dog, Henry is unable to stay in bed. Soon enough, he's watching the storm from his French windows as the rain pours onto the stone balcony. As he stands with his hand on the doorknob of his French windows, feeling drawn to go out in the storm, the narrator describes lightning and thunder, using personification to liken thunder to some loud, ferocious dog or beast:
Thunder, bellowing and licking its chops so loudly that Henry felt the vibrations in his bare feet. (p. 52)
Henry goes back to bed but is soon up again and this time goes out onto the balcony to feel the strength of the wind and watch the waves below. As Henry watches the waves, the narrator uses personification to describe the waves as suicidal, beating themselves up against the rocks:
The waves, freighted with crashing tops, threw themselves against the rocks like suicides. (p. 52)
Since waves do not literally throw themselves and are not literally suicidal, like people, we know this is a perfect example of personification.