A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg

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Ten-year-old Louis Daniel hates it when Mama treats him like a baby. But when Hurricane Katrina blows through the Gulf Coast on a fateful August night, followed by broken levees and rising floodwaters threatening New Orleans, Louis feels like a little kid again. With no time to gather their belongings save Louis s beloved horn Daddy leads the family from their home and into an unfamiliar, watery world of floating debris, lurking critters, a winsome black-and-white dog, and desperate neighbors heading for dry ground. Taking shelter in the already-crowded Superdome, Louis and his parents wait and wait. As the days pass, the electricity goes out, the air conditioning dies, the bathrooms are closed, and people around them begin to bicker as they run out of food and water. When Daddy fails to return from a scouting mission within the Dome, Louis knows he s no longer a baby. It s up to him to find Daddy, with the help of his prized cornet.
 

About Myron Uhlberg

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Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California.Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad but moved to the United States at the age of seven. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has illustrated numerous books for children, including Dad, Jackie, and Me. Almost to Freedom was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Bootman lives in New York City.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Peachtree Publishers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Ten-year-old Louis Daniel goes to sleep hugging his brass cornet close as the winds of Hurricane Katrina begin to howl and rattle the house.

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A fictional but realistic account of a 10-year-old boy who lives in New Orleans during the great hurricane of 2005 and its aftermath.

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Publishers Weekly

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Bootman's dramatic oil paintings and the boy's first-person narration provide realistic immediacy as the boy's family makes its way through their flooded neighborhood on "a piece of someone's porch that was floating by."

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New York Journal of Books

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The cover illustration does not appear part of the story itself, which could also be a contributing factor in how the story is perceived by the reader.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The author and illustrator beautifully balance this troubling tale with just the right amount of optimism. Even the dog with the red ball has reason to yelp with joy, . . .”

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of A Storm Called Katrina

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