Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Review

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl--both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the reader. Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in U.S. history, Philbrick includes the lawlessness and lack of government support during the disaster as well as the generosity and courage of those who risked their lives and safety to help others. Here is an unforgettable novel of heroism in the face of truly challenging circumstances.

Title:Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
Edition Language:English

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  • Richard Denney

    4 STARS!!!This was such a heartbreaking yet beautiful read. I read this during a heavy wind storm in my city and though that may not be important, the way that the walls groaned and the wind howled ar...

  • Monica Edinger

    Parts of this were very strong, particularly the vivid depiction of the setting and various events in the timeline of the hurricane and its after affects in New Orleans. And the author's research is e...

  • Betsy

    I guess this is historical fiction since it is set so specifically in an event which occurred in a specific time and place (although a setting that is only 9 years old isn't usually "historical").At a...

  • Myrna

    Great fiction book with real facts of Hurricane Katrina. This book is aimed for a much younger audience but I throughly enjoyed it. ...

  • Janet Frost

    This book was 185 pages of memories for me. I traveled with a relief aide group to Mississippi a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina and it was an unbelievable scene. At first I felt the book didn't rea...

  • Barbara

    Awful book. New Englanders shouldn't write about a culture that they know nothing about. ...

  • Phil Jensen

    Freak the Mighty is voiced unforgettably by Max Kane. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is narrated with charm by the rascal Homer Figg. Zane and the Hurricane is blandly recounted by Zane, ...

  • Michelle

    3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed all the facts and maps provided by the author and this is a story worth reading but I feel this book lacked the authors usual charm. ...

  • Ms. Yingling

    Zane, whose father was killed in a car accident before he was born, goes from New Hampshire to New Orleans with his dog Bandy to visit the great grandmother he has never met but who raised his father....

  • Barbara

    Twelve-year-old Zane Dupree knows very little about his deceased father's family. When his mother makes contact with his great- grandmother and sends him to visit her in New Orleans, he has no idea wh...