Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina

by Rodman Philbrick

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545633475
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 318,552
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick has written more than a dozen novels for young readers. In 1993, he published his first children’s book, Freak the Mighty, which became an instant classic, and was made into a feature film. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. Philbrick’s other acclaimed novels include Max the Mighty, The Young Man and the Sea, The Last Book in the Universe, and Zane and the Hurricane. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys. You can learn more about him on his website: rodmanphilbrick.com.

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Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Zane Dupree, a boy from New Hampshire, is visiting relatives in Louisiana when a disastrous storm strikes: Hurricane Katrina. The tragedy leaves his life forever changed, but it allows readers a glimpse of the details of the horrific tragedy. But Zane knows nothing of the forthcoming tempest. His father died before Zane was born. When, out of the blue, word arrives that his father's relatives are living in the New Orleans area, Zane's mom is eager for him to meet his great-grandmother, Trissy. He sets off on his summertime journey, although without much enthusiasm about making the trip. At least Bandit, his trusty dog, will be with him. Soon after, the fatal winds start to pick up in the Gulf Coast. The aftermath of the 2005 hurricane, as told in the book, sound pretty gruesome sometimes, especially for younger readers, I'd expect. Through Zane's eyes, you are centered in the midst of the chaos and trauma, with horrible sights and smells, particularly in concerning the lives that Katrina took. I think for many readers, the scenes are eye-opening to the intensity of the hurricane situation and the wreckage it produced. "Zane and the Hurricane" is a story of triumph through tragedy. It shows how, when in the depths of despair, banding together with the people around you can lead to great victory. It is the story of the human instinct for survival.
Tammy Lee Bradley More than 1 year ago
A Newbery Honor book about Zane Dupree, a 12-year-old boy of mixed race, and his dog who accidently become separated from his great grandmother and become trapped in the flood waters of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. A well-written page-turning account of bravery and kindness. Thought-provoking yet age appropriate. A perfect selection of parents looking to introduce their middle-age readers to this historic event and the human element of natural disaster. Extra information is provided by the author at the end of the book regarding the actions (and lack of action) by the federal government which can be used for further discussion and debate. 4 1/2 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Wenalt followed the men to the village. It wasn't really a village, but a lot of mud/clay houses with children playing hide-and-seek in them. "See, our village is very basic," the man told Wenalt,"But we have very good farming and food. We also, have, of course, healthy horses." Then the man laughed. "I'll lead you to the horse barns to show the horse you'll be riding on. A guide will lead you to the Topi Lands, though he will stop and ride back at the edge of the border. We people are forbidden to go beyond that border!" The man led him to the horse stall. Many of the animals neighed. Wenalt thought about something. Maybe Wenalt had found the same trail Mantala did so maybe Dion could find him.