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 (www.brendawoods.net) 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.

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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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