Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina (Hardcover)

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Virgie's Staff Pick (March 2014): In my opinion, reading historical fiction is a great way to learn about important events in history. August 2014 will mark the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is the subject of this gripping novel.

Twelve year old Zane Dupree happens to be in the worst place at the very worst time. He has traveled alone from New Hampshire to New Orleans to meet the great grandmother he didn’t know existed just a short while ago, Miss Trissy. During the hurricane he becomes separated from his great grandmother, but is taken under the wing of a jazz musician and a young girl, Melvina. Within the safety of a canoe these three characters manage to save themselves not only from the hurricane, but also from the rising floodwaters.

In addition to the story, this book includes a Katrina Timeline, map and interesting facts about New Orleans and the Great Flood. I highly recommend this action=packed novel for kids!

— From Virgie's Picks


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.

About the Author

Rodman Philbrick's most recent novel, THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG, received numerous awards and was chosen as a Newbery Honor Book. His first book for young readers, FREAK THE MIGHTY, was an immediate bestseller and continues to be a classic, with close to three million copies in print. His highly acclaimed titles include THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA; THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE; and THE FIRE PONY. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and Florida. Visit him at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545342384
ISBN-10: 0545342384
Publisher: Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Publication Date: February 25th, 2014
Pages: 181
Language: English