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Publisher's Summary

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 listener.
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.
©2014 Rodman Philbrick (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.
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By Joel on 12-23-14

So well written & beautifully narrated!

Where does Zane and the Hurricane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily in the top 10! I listened to it in my walks and was saddened by its end, not ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zane and the Hurricane?

The scene in the garden district when they went in search of supplies only to encountered by an armed security company ready to shoot thinking Zane was a looter.

Have you listened to any of Jerry Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would definitely like to see what else he's narrated. Brilliant performance!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Unfortunately, one has to work, do laundry and make dinner.

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By Debora from Oakland on 11-13-17

Fourth Grade Student Learns Empathy Using "History"

I am a teacher with some "reluctant" readers. I bought the book to help my students with reading issues. The book lead to great and thoughtful discussions on our own California levy system, race, class and kindness.

This is a great book for all students from third grade through middle school.

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