Thursday, March 6, 2014
Book Review: "Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina" by Rodman Philbrick
As soon as I saw this title and the author, I have been itching to read it. Hurricane Katrina was such a nightmare that I will never forget, even though I was physically far from the destruction. But kids now ready for middle grade chapter books don't have that memory; all they know is what they are told - probably in history class. So I think this is an important book for this age group. Yes, it is fiction, but the maps, author notes, timeline and facts about the tragedy are included at the end.
What is great about this story is that you see one account of Katrina and everything immediately afterward through the eyes of a child completely out of his element. It doesn't try to encompass everything, but there is plenty there to feel the horror, heat, desperation and the stench. But you also see strangers helping strangers, friendships formed, and the strength of the human spirit. I look forward to recommending this to kids at the library looking for books about Katrina, natural disasters, and realistic fiction/adventure stories.
Zane and the Hurricane
by Rodman Philbrick
Blue Sky Press, 2014
Source: Publisher for review
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina