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I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis

I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005

From the I Survived series, volume 3

By Lauren Tarshis (Author) , Scott Dawson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-20689-1
Publisher: Scholastic

Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, 2010, etc.) again transforms a historical event into a fast-paced adventure story appropriate for lower elementary students. This tale begins on that fateful day, Monday, August 29, 2005. Eleven-year old Barry Tucker is hanging on to an oak tree trying to survive the floodwaters in the Lower Ninth Ward. After the dramatic opening scene, readers are taken back one day in time, to August 28. Life in the Lower Ninth is humming along as usual that day—Barry and his friend Jay excitedly planning to send in an entry to a nationwide Create a Superhero contest—until evacuation orders convince Barry’s family to head of town. Unfortunately, Barry’s little sister gets so ill that the family has to return home and try to ride out the storm. The author’s research and respect for the survivors of Katrina make this a realistic and gripping account that steers clear of sensationalism and sentimentality. Following the main text are “After the Storm: Questions about Katrina” and “Facts about Hurricane Katrina,” both ideal for setting young readers who have been enthralled by Barry’s story on a path to discovering more about the true story of Katrina and its aftermath. (Historical fiction. 7-10)