Who doesn't love a good hurricane thriller?


Barry (11) and his friend Jay are going to enter a comic book competition at school. In the midst of drawing Akivo, his fictional superhero, Barry's dad says they are leaving New Orleans in one hour to escape Hurricane Katrina. On their way out of town, they stop to see Uncle Dave, who is planning to stay in New Orleans so he can keep an eye on the city and help anyone who needs it. Just as they get back on the road, Barry's little sister Cleo begins to feel sick. Now Barry and his family are staying, too. There are already 10,000 people at the Superdome, so they stay at their house.

The next morning, Katrina arrives with all its fury. The family goes up on the roof of the house, but a strong wind pushes Barry off the roof and into the floodwaters. He grabs a tree but loses sight of his family. A rescue boat saves Barry and Cruz, the neighbor's dog, and the driver takes them to St. Claue Avenue Bridge. Eventually, Barry was eventually reunited with his family. The family moved to New York City, where Barry met many people curious about Hurricane Katrina and wanted to hear his story. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
There are many things I like about this book. Even though the story was fictional,  Hurricane Katrina was a real and tragic event. There are lots of facts about the hurricane and what people did to stay safe and survive. I recommend this book for readers ages 7 and up. The book won't make sense if you don't understand hurricanes. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Suspense, a big storm, and plenty of action combine into an engaging story that will have young readers holding on to every word you read ... or turning the pages unable to put the book down until they know Barry is safe! 

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.

Type of Book:
This is a self-contained adventure story built around the factual events of Hurricane Katrina. Although it is part of a series, each book has its own story.
Educational Themes:

There is a lot for readers interested in nature, storms, natural disasters in general, or Hurricane Katrina, specifically.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It's a fun book to read, but not one you'll read again unless you have a personal connection to Hurricane Katrina.

Title I Surivived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005

I Survived, Book 3

Author Lauren Tarshis
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2011
Illustrators Scott Dawson
ISBN 9780545206969
Material Paperback
Cost $5.99
Genres Adventure, Nature, Historical Fiction
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