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Hurricane Heroes

While Harvey and Irma have already made landfall, hurricane season has begun with a bang in the southeast states. Since we don't experience this weather phenomenon locally, here are some books featuring both fictional and factual stories about surviving the storm what some other parts of the country experience.

Picture Books and Readers

Various wetland creatures, from alligators to egrets, enjoy what begins as a calm and peaceful day in the bayou, then prepare for and endure a passing hurricane, and finally settle in for a peaceful night.

Tells the true story of Molly, a pony that was rescued from a south Louisiana barn after Hurricane Katrina, who was fitted with a prosthetic limb after her front leg was badly injured from a dog attack.

A storm called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg

When flood waters submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together.

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.

Chapter Books

"Thirteen-year-old Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills--and bravery--to the test"--.

Finding someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick

The weekend she turns thirteen, aspiring clothing designer Teresa "Reesie" Boone is separated from her family by Hurricane Katrina but, during the horrific storm and its aftermath, begins to find strength in herself.

Another kind of hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith

The world, itself, seems to bring together Henry, whose best friend died near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and Zavion, who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, so that the boys can help each other heal.

Buddy by M.H Herlong

Twelve-year-old Li'l T and his family face great losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, including leaving Buddy, their very special, three-legged dog, behind when they must evacuate.

Storm runners by Roland Smith

Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Nonfiction

What was Hurricane Katrina? by Robin Michal Koontz

Track Hurricane Katrina from start to finish, from rescue efforts large and small to storm survivors' stories.

"Patience is a South African penguin living at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. When the Aquarium is severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina, many animals are put in peril, including Patience and the other penguins. They must leave their home, and their penguin keeper, until it is restored"--.

Presents a graphic account of the events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the city of New Orleans and its people, detailing the selflessness, heroism, and courage, while also noting the incompetence, racism, and criminality.

Hurricane & tornado by Jack Challoner

Describes dangerous and destructive weather conditions around the world, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, hail, and drought, with photographs, historical background, and legends.

Recounts the true story of eight bottlenose dolphins and their trainers who survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Storm chasers by Sarah Tieck

Bobbi (the dog) and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. Bobbi and Bob Cat only survived by staying together. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

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