Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans – Don Brown

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: GN920L (What’s this?)
  • Series: Ala Notable Children’s Books. Older Readers
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054415777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544157774

EXCERPT from Amazon.com:
Kirkus’ Best of 2015 list
School Library Journal Best of 2015
Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2015 list
Horn Book Fanfare Book
Booklist Editor’s Choice

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Rationale for Inclusion:
This book colorfully depicts a multi-faceted picture of Hurricane Katrina. It portrays many different aspects of the event and its aftermath. Topics like natural disaster, emergency response, and community healing are introduced to the young reader.

Bonus: Drowned City was featured on Books for Busy Students book reviews.

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