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Though the effects of Hurricane Katrina are still felt in New Orleans today, new visitors to the city may not realize the events surrounding the storm touched every single resident. As time continues to pass, younger generations may only have hazy memories or no recollection at all.
Acclaimed children’s author Gail Langer Karwoski brings the story of the storm to a new audience using historical fiction to recount the experience through the eyes of two children. Chazz Cohen lives uptown in the Garden District with his grandma, but longs for a new home to be reunited with his mother. Lyric Talbot lives across town in the Ninth Ward with her mom, but wishes she did not have so many responsibilities to their family. Everyone hoped the storm would pass but then the levees broke, plunging all of their lives into chaos. Despite their worlds being very different, it is through courage and community that they are all able to make it through the aftermath of Katrina.
Illustrations by local artist Julia Marshall accompany the text, making for an enjoyable read for both children and adults alike.