Patrick, Denise Lewis Finding Someplace, 212 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2016. $17. Violence: PG (minor tussle at the Super Dome), Language: G; Mature Content: G.
Reesie Boone is looking forward to her thirteenth birthday. News of Hurricane Katrina has reached New Orleans, but Reesie is focused on her upcoming celebration. Her father is a police officer and her mother works at a hospital and when the storm turns toward New Orleans, neither is home with her; her uncle is trying to get to her to take her to safety, but the authorities have turned the freeways into one way only – out. She retreats to a neighbor’s house and together they have to be rescued from the roof of a house as the floods wreck everything in the Ninth Ward. But surviving Katrina is only the first step in learning how to rebuild their lives and their family.
Patrick writes a book perfect for middle readers to understand many of the dimensions of the trauma during and after Hurricane Katrina burst the levees around New Orleans. The action is realistic, addressing the scary parts without being too graphic.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher