Book review: Another Kind of Hurricane, by Tamara Ellis Smith

Smith, Tamara Ellis. Another kind of hurricane. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015. 326 pgs. ISBN:978-0-556-51193-2. Gr. 6+. P8 Q8

Smith Another Kind of HurricaneIt has been ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. In remembrance of the occasion there are books have been written about it and television documentaries shown lately. When I saw this book it was “Oh another Hurricane Katrina book.” Boy was I wrong!!!!!! Two boys, one African American, Zavion, one Caucasian, Henry. One boy who lives in New Orleans and the other boy who lives in Vermont. These two boys are brought together by loss, a mountain and a magical marble. I remember watching the aftermath of the hurricane and the suffering of the inhabitants of the Gulf States. The author has done a great job of conveying to the reader the heartache that people went through. Death is hard for anyone but blaming yourself as young child is even harder. Henry must overcome the loss of his best friend on Mount Mansfield. Zavion, who survives the hurrican,e must climb a mountain to come to grips with his life now. The story is told in alternating chapters by each of the boys.

September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.

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