{Hurricane Katrina, 2005: Lauren Tarshis}Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
Published by Scholastic Press on March 1, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.
Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone?

{My thoughts} – Barry and his family are part of the many that ended up being trapped in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina had hit. They had tried to evacuate the city but the roads were nearly impassable and then his sister ended up getting really sick in the car. Their parents decided it would be best to go back to their house and hope that his sister would feel better and they’d be able to leave later.

That night the storm hit. It got so bad that the lever broke and the town started to quickly flood. Barry had fallen asleep on the couch and something had woke him. He screamed and his dad helped him to the stairs. Eventually the end up in their attic and his dad has to bust through the roof with an axe.

Once they are up their something happens and Barry ends up in the water. A majority of the book covers the time he spends separated from his family. The fact that he and his family aren’t together makes things really hard on him, but he finds reasons and ways to stay strong.

This book is a really nice addition to the series. As an individual that has been effected by the flooding although not nearly as serious as what had happened in New Orleans, I can understand how Barry felt. I can understand and visualize the aftermath of the storm described within the pages of this book.

I look forward to reading more books in this series in the near future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.