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.
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So well written & beautifully narrated!
Easily in the top 10! I listened to it in my walks and was saddened by its end, not ending.
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.
No, but I would definitely like to see what else he's narrated. Brilliant performance!
Yes! Unfortunately, one has to work, do laundry and make dinner.
One of the best.
The performance captured the setting and characters perfectly. It was enjoyed as a storytelling experience without being too theatrical.
His vocalizations that conveyed heart of the characters with their feelings and thoughts.
It helped the listener begin to understand how it felt to live through Katrina in a human way.