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A Place Where Hurricanes Happen

by Renee Watson

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The story of a community bond and its culture that couldn't be taking away by Hurricane Katrina. A story of four friends Adrienne, Keesha, Michael, and Tommy, all grew up on the same street of New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina happen, each has their own story of survivor and how they cope with the lost of their city. Like Tommy, my family and I evacuated to Houston before the storm. Adrienne also left the city to Baton Rouge. Michael and Keesha stayed back like many people did at the time.Their experiences are familiar to most of us here in New Orleans. We all can relate to their stories one way or another. Similar to Tommy, I can remember the time it took us over ten hours to get to Houston. Stuck in the crazy traffic with the car barely moving at every hour was torturous. And once we realizes that our home and everything we had is gone was heartbreaking. I love that at the end of the book, all four kids were able to reunite and back to the city. They celebrate the uniqueness of the city that can not be found anywhere else. "We're going to the French Quarter, eat a snowball and some beignets. We're going to listen to the street bands playin' on the corner." Reading a book like this help me appreciates my city, its people, and the history even more. ( )
  tramtran | Apr 22, 2015 |
A realistic story about a group of friends from New Orleans that experience the challenges of Katrina. Each page was written almost like a journal entry from the different kids. Having multiple narrators in the first person made the story very personal and interesting. Having to differentiate between the separate stories being told could cause confusion for younger readers. ( )
  kryoung1 | Feb 4, 2014 |
Four children,from the same neighborhood, relate their experiences playing together in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina arrived. Each child gives their experience during the turmoil as their lives are suddenly changed by the storm. Things are not the same for the kids in the aftermath of the storm, but they will not let it break their spirit. ( )
  dbcollin | Nov 15, 2012 |
I found that this was a rather good book. I liked how the book was formatted: before, during and after. This book shows what children all over New Orleans knew, or did not know. They didn't know if they would ever see their friends again, they didn't know if they would ever go home again. But they did know that they were happy to be alive and happy to have the memories and the chance to go back home, even if things were a little different. ( )
  kloupe1 | Sep 21, 2011 |
The stories of the lives of four neighborhood children in New Orleans are told. They are good friends and enjoy playing together; however, they are split up for a period of time due to a hurricane. The stories each child tells are from before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina.

The book would be a wonderful way to help children who experienced Hurricane Katrina or something similar to deal with what happened. Also, it would be a great teaching tool for anyone who does not understand or know about the impact of Hurricane Katrina or events similar. ( )
  Jill.Barrington | Sep 8, 2011 |
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Natural and man-made disasters are becoming more commonplace in children's lives, and this touching free-verse picture book provides a straightforward account of Hurricane Katrina. In alternating voices, four friends describe their lives before, during, and after the storm and how, even though the world can change in a heartbeat, people define the character of their community and offer one another comfort and hope even in the darkest hours.
Adrienne, Keesha, Michael, and Tommy have been friends for forever. They live on the same street—a street in New Orleans where everyone knows everybody. They play together all day long, every chance they get. It's always been that way. But then people start talking about a storm headed straight for New Orleans. The kids must part ways, since each family deals with Hurricane Katrina in a different manner. And suddenly everything that felt like home is gone.
Renée Watson's lyrical free verse is perfectly matched in Shadra Strickland's vivid mixed media art. Together they celebrate the spirit and resiliency of New Orleans, especially its children.

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Told in alternating voices, four friends from the same New Orleans neighborhood describe what happens to them and their community when they are separated, then reunited, as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

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