Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

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A boy, a dog, and New Orleans' most famous hurricane

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists, and his best friend is a stray dog named Shadow. At first Saint is sure that Hurricane Katrina will be just like the last one--no big deal. But then the city is ordered to evacuate and Saint refuses to leave without Shadow. Saint and Shadow flee to his neighbor's attic--and soon enough it's up to Saint to save them all.

About Brenda Woods

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Brenda Woods ( is the author of Coretta Scott King Honor winner The Red Rose Box. She lives in the Los Angeles area.
Published September 1, 2011 by Puffin Books. 137 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This gripping addition to the growing body of fiction portraying Katrina's profound effect on children and families pits an 11-year-old boy, a neighborhood dog and an elderly woman against the hurricane and subsequent devastating flood.

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Set in New Orleans during the week leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, Woods’s novel introduces Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, an 11-year-old resident of the city’s Tremé neighborhood.

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But all kids in the 9-and-up group will relate to the way Saint is very independent and grown-up one minute and suddenly terrified and missing his parents when the hurricane gets scary.

Sep 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

While the protagonist, named Saint, does not always do exactly as he's told -- and sometimes that's the wrong decision for which he pays the price -- his loving parents and community and his own resourcefulness have given him the qualities he needs when disaster strikes his world.

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