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The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?

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I Survived #3: I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005
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A timely read
October 19th, 2014
In searching out a weather disaster related book for my grade four class, I was intrigued by this title in a series I'd never heard of before. In its brevity I was concerned it wouldn't have the proper impact that previous novels I'd read to them had but by the end most were riveted by the action and had some degree of empathy for the characters. Considering just about all my students this year were born the same year Katrina hit, I was surprised they could relate. They consider it to be fairly recent despite having taken place their whole lifetime ago. In retrospect I would rather give this chapter book to students for reading independently or in literature circles because it was relatively simple and a very quick read. I do think it's an effective piece for portraying the emotions when faced with tragedy. For that reason I will probably look at one or two other in this series and recommend it to kids who might be interested.
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