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Zane and the Hurricane

A Story of Katrina

By Rodman Philbrick

Zane and the Hurricane
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2014,
    192 pages.

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Elena Spagnolie

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Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick's poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

When 12-year-old Zane Dupree finds out that he has a long-lost great-grandmother living in New Orleans – and that his mom is sending him there from New Hampshire to visit – he's none too thrilled. He never even knew his dad; what's the point in meeting the old gumby who raised him? "Because you can't miss somebody you never knew, can you?" At least he's allowed to bring Bandy, his best friend and sidekick, and the best darn dog he could ever ask for. With Bandy tagging along, how bad could the trip possibly be?

So begins the story of Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick's Zane and the Hurricane, a highly descriptive and character-driven tale about Hurricane Katrina and her shocking aftermath. Though the book is a work of fiction, Philbrick tells readers that, "everything that happens to the characters in Zane and the Hurricane reflects real events ...

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