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Escape from . . . Hurricane Katrina (Paperback)

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By Judy Allen Dodson, Nigel Chilvers (Illustrator)
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Twins Jo Jo and Sophie find their life upended when Katrina blows through their New Orleans neighborhood. As rescue efforts fail, they have no choice but to try to reach safety by raft and swimming. Much has been written about Katrina, but Dodson does an exceptionally fine job of presenting the experience through the eyes of these children. Particularly heart-breaking is the children's bewilderment upon reaching the Superdome where they have been told to go for shelter. Sadly, it is almost impossible to get food or medical help there. For them, however, there is a happy ending. Chapters end with a "Reality Check" paragraph that answers a related question about what was going on. These add weight to the story.  Very engaging historical fiction ages 7-10 year-olds.

— Carol


Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive storms in American history. In this fictional tale, daring twins Jo Jo and Sophie battle the raging floodwaters in a fight for their lives.

For twins Jo Jo and Sophie Dupre, Hurricane Katrina isn't the most important thing on their minds-not compared their mother's cancer treatments, Sophie's swim meet, and Jo Jo's upcoming coding competition. But when the storm intensifies and there's only one seat their aunt's car, Mom has to be the one to evacuate. The twins and their father are stuck at home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

The winds rise-and with them, the waves. The levees break and floodwater rages through the city. During the chaos, Jo Jo and Sophie are swept away. Together, they must find their way to the Superdome, where their father should be waiting-but can they escape the wrath of one of the deadliest storms in history?

About the Author

Judy Allen Dodson is a public librarian, archivist, and children's book author. Judy was the winner of the 2016 SCBWI On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Award and the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council grant. She's a member of SCBWI, the regional co-ambassador for the Authors Guild, and a former member of the Coretta Scott King Archives and History Committee. Judy has a passion for celebrating diverse children's literature and teaching young children about history. Judy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children. Visit her online at judyallendodson.com.

Nigel Chilvers was born and raised in Aintree, just outside Liverpool, UK. After completing an Art Foundation at Hugh Baird College, he went on to study Illustration at Wolverhampton University. He originally trained as a paper-based artist until switching over to digital work in 1997. Since then, he has worked for many years freelancing in licensing, working on many character-based books for Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Noddy, and much more. In his spare time, if he's not training for triathlons, he can be found climbing the fells of the Lake District or the North Welsh mountains.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781499811087
ISBN-10: 149981108X
Publisher: little bee books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Escape From . . .