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Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived #3)

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The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as pre ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2011)
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Emily My almost-7-year-old loves this series. I felt like the author did a good job of keeping the peril from getting too intense, though it might depend on…moreMy almost-7-year-old loves this series. I felt like the author did a good job of keeping the peril from getting too intense, though it might depend on the 8-year-old (i.e. if they're afraid of water or of being separated from their family, it might upset them).(less)
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Maddie D
Jan 18, 2013 Maddie D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis. I haven't read much of this book yet, but so far it has been great. For example Barry is trying to get to Houston while the Hurricane is going on in New Orleans. His family wasn't paying much attention to the radio and thought this hurricane was just a storm. But unfortunately they thought wrong and made a big mistake. Now everyone is trying to get out of town at once, mean while Barry and his best friend Jay are finish
Kelly J.
Jan 16, 2013 Kelly J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 20005
Lauren Tarshis
95 pages

Barry is an 11 year old boy who lives in New Orleans and the storm hits. Barry's little sister happens to get sick that day so Barry's family has to stay at home while the storm happens. When the storm first hit it didn't seem to be as bad as the people thought it was going to be but then but that night the levees break and Barry is taken by the floodwaters and is taken away from his family. Barry is then taken to a bridge were
Jubilation Lee
It's too bad I'm not a nine-year-old reluctant boy reader, because this book contains absolutely everything I would want in a novel. Comic book heroes! Projectile vomiting sisters! Dad hacking through the roof of the flooding attic with Grandpa's old hatchet! Attack dogs! Angelic rescuers in yellow lifeboats! Inadequate government support!!!

I also appreciated the author's note at the end, mentioning that while it was possible to give the book's hero a happy ending, it is unfortunate that such an
Mar 14, 2016 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I think this book was pretty good especially when it started out. I thought that they had a really good plot going on saying how their parents didn't think it would be that bad when it actually turned out to be a really bad storm. I also liked in the first 20 pages they showed us more of the back round of the people and what was going on before the storm hit. The only thing I disliked about the book is where their family wanted to go before the storm. To me I think they should ...more
Ashton Daniel
Sep 08, 2014 Ashton Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

****************************SPOILER ALERT******************************

I Survived Hurricane Katrina,2005 by Lauren Tarshis

This book is a really great book, it takes place in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main character is a boy named Barry. It was a normal day until they heard the storm warnings on the radio telling about a hurricane and for the people to take cover in the football stadium. so they packed and got on the road and drove there. family was driving to a shelter
David Lopez-sanders
SPOILER ALERT!!! By the title of the book, it is easy to tell the setting. The main setting is New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. The conflict is some people's struggle to survive the devastating once-Category 5 storm that terrorized the Florida and the Gulf Coast. There is one main family in the book. There is Barry, who is the main character. He has a younger sister, Cleo. Then there is his mom and dad. There is also Barry's friend Jay, who is more of a secondary character than a main character, ...more
Trevor Flease
Personal Response
I thought that this book was very interesting and had a lot of meaning. Barry, being a younger kid, probably didn't know what to do in that situation. I feel like he handled it very well and was a great role model for Cleo. Barry also rescued one of his friend’s dog while it was being swept away from the flood waters. For Barry being a young kid, he handled everything really well.

Barry and his family heard that a big hurricane was projected to hit their town. Barry's uncle
May 24, 2011 Robbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far it's scary
Hunter Soerens
Jan 15, 2016 Hunter Soerens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Personal Response

This book started off pretty good. Once the hurricane hit, I thought the Tucker family would have been long gone. Yet they weren’t, due to how much traffic there was.
I truly think that the Tuckers should’ve stayed with Uncle Dave at his nightclub. They didn’t stay there or at the Metro Dom. They stayed in their little house in the low land.

It all started when Barry’s dad said,” hurry up and pack we’re leaving.” Now Barry thought that wa
Luke F
Dec 06, 2012 Luke F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read the book I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, by: Lauren Tarshis. I loved this book because it was suspenseful. It was suspenseful because most of the time Berry and his dog Cruz are hanging on for dear life to an overturned car in a huge flood that sweeps right through New Orleans, Louisiana. This book was so good that it kept me reading till the very last word on the very last page. Even though this story is fiction it sounded like the characters were real. Lauren Tarshis did a ...more
Nicholas Dunn
This book is about a New Orleans family and how hurricane Katrina effected them. In mid 2005, all of New Orleans evacuated, but not everyone could get out. This certain family was trapped and nearly died trying to save others! This genre is realistic fiction because it gave you a taste in what it would be like to live through it. This book was very dramatic and brought the reader into it but overall it was okay. Not the best book but also not the worst
Jun 23, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a cute, quick re-read. I'm currently reading for the Biannual Bibliothon and one of the challenges was to read a book from your childhood. I read a bunch of these I Survived books and I absolutely adored them. They were definitely my favorite books as I was younger, so much that at that time, my favorite genre was historical fiction! Anyway I would definitely recommend this to all little kids.
Dec 03, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young boy's story of what happened when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. I could feel the fear he felt and how he tried to be brave. I enjoyed the history given and I was glad of the happy ending for him. I also enjoyed the facts given at the end of the book and the animal rescue story.
Dec 02, 2011 Devon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I Survived Hurricane Katrina

“WHY DID IT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!” Kyle was a young, 12 year old boy all alone, in a live or die situation. He was in the middle of Hurricane Katrina. The most devastating hurricane that hit America in a long time. No one he knows is anywhere to be found at this moment. What will happen next?? After reading this book I thought this was a true story ( non-fiction) but I looked at the first page and it said realistic-fiction and I thought this would be
Jan 26, 2016 Javonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very good book for young adults. My son who is in third grade loved it and so did I. Not too long and not too short.
Norberto Leyva
May 20, 2013 Norberto Leyva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hurricane Katrina is coming towards Barry’s home in New Orleans. The news warns people in New Orleans. Barry’s family makes plans to evacuate then the unthinkable happens. Barry’s sister gets sick that it forces Barry’s family to turn around and go back home. He wonders if this will be a bad storm like everyone predicts. When morning hits and branches break, trees start to snap, and the wind is horrible. It starts to rain and it gets flooded in Barry’s house, Barry then gets swept away by the fl ...more
Melissa Wehunt
Nov 10, 2014 Melissa Wehunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Good, fast, juvenile read. Great for boys, reluctant readers, etc.
Amber Shaw
Mar 02, 2016 Amber Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Larkin
Introduction: Imagine everything you owned was flushed away in a mere 24 hours. This was Barry's reality during hurricane Katrina. By looking at the cover, make a prediction about Barry's journey. WIll he make it to safety
Aug 04, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary Readers Ready for Chapter Books
This is the second I Survived book I've read. Again, we have a young boy who gets separated from his family for some time during the event in question.

Despite the short nature of these books, I feel like I got a nicely fleshed-out portrait of Barry and his family.

For a while, Barry is facing down Hurricane Katrina on his own, but he soon finds a companion in a neighborhood dog who was left behind. This pairing seems well-planned to help reduce the anxiety of us readers; without knowing how Bar
Dear Ms. Tarshis,

You did a very nice job with “I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005”. In an entertaining story aimed at school-aged folks, you successfully incorporated:
- A history lesson about New Orleans and it's preparedness, or lack thereof, for the big storm that was inevitable and finally occurred in 2005.
- A socio-economic explanation of the Lower 9th Ward, and different reasons why people did not heed the warning to evacuate,
- A nice morality tale about bullying
- Perhaps the best illustra
Dec 14, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a parent, I was wary of the I Survived books. This is the 2nd one I read. And again I was impressed. The storyline pulls readers in and then the disaster slowly unfurls. There is great sadness in this one, especially as an adult reader, and one that remembers Katrina. I'm glad the author focuses on the lower 9th Ward...the greatest travesty of Katrina. She subtly yet accurately points out the poverty there, and later utter destruction, as well as what happened around the city, including the S ...more
Evie Milburn
Title: I Survived: Hurricane Katrina
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Illustrator: Scott Dawson
Genre: Historic Fiction
Theme(s): natural disasters, hurricane, survival, bravery, family
Opening line/sentence: Hurricane Katrina was ripping apart New Orleans, and eleven-year-old Barry Tucker was lost and alone, clinging to an oak tree for dear life.
Brief Book Summary: Barry Tucker’s family live in New Orleans and they find out it’s too late to escape New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hits the city. Barry end
Feb 07, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005," is a great book - even if it is geared more for the younger generation, I think people of all ages would benefit from reading. It's a story of survival... perseverance. Barry is an eleven-year-old boy whom, along with his parents and sister is caught in the wrath a Hurricane Katrina. The Family had initially planned to vacate, but chose to return home to "The Lower Ninth Ward." As time progresses wind and rain increase to the point that the it is a monstrous ...more
Nicole Stevens
“I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005” is a historical fiction novel following the life of Barry, a young boy, as he fights to survive Hurricane Katrina in a rough area in New Orleans, Louisiana after being separated from his family. The story begins with Barry and his best friend Jay finishing their comic book about Akivo, an amazing and talented superhero for a content that the two are entering. The story follows Barry’s normal life-his mother’s baking, his father’s passion for jazz, his three ...more
Zachary Peeters
Apr 25, 2016 Zachary Peeters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response- This book was very good and I cannot relate this book to anything because we live in Wisconsin and nothing bad like that ever happens here. The book was very good and very suspenseful, It had me on the edge of burning the book for a while.

Plot-The plot of this book is about a family that survived hurricane Katrina by sitting in their house. But not all sat in that house for long. Barry's family clime to the roof to get away from the flooding and Barry slips and falls into the
Dec 04, 2014 1401justice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 6th, 2014

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Title: I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Plot: Barry Tucker and his family are evacuating the city of New Orleans. They received news on the radio stating that Hurricane Katrina was going to be one of the most intense hurricanes the city has seen in forty years. Stuck in traffic, Barry's baby sister Cleo isn't feeling well, so the family drives back home. What seems to be a normal hurricane, turns into a fight for survival for the Tucker family.

This book is about a boy named Barry. Barry and his family hear that there is going to be a big hurricane coming so they pack their stuff up and head on the interstate. On the interstate Barry’s sister gets sick so they head back to their house and try to survive during the hurricane. The main characters in the book are Barry, Cleo, Jay and Abraham. The mood of the book is depressing because it’s a serious topic.

I liked the book because I learned more about the hurricane than Ir would’ve. I also
When I first read the title, I thought it would be a memoir. Imagine my surprise to find it in the children's fiction section. At first, I was afraid that the book would take a tragedy and turn it into a who-will-survive action-adventure, I needn't have worried. The author is very respectful of the situation, and the story turned out to be quite interesting, even for an adult. All in all, I'm rather glad I read it.
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Lauren Tarshis often wonders how she came to spend most of her waking moments thinking about disasters, as the author of the children's historical fiction series "I Survived." Each book takes readers into the heart of history's most thrilling and terrifying events, including the sinking of the Titanic, the Shark Attacks of 1916, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the San Francisco ear ...more
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“In the weeks after the flood, the Humane Society of the United States organized the biggest animal rescue in history. Hundreds of volunteers from all over the country came to New Orleans. They broke into boarded-up houses, plucked dogs and cats from rooftops and trees, and even rescued pigs and goats. Many animals were reunited with their owners. Others were sent to shelters across America to be adopted by new families.” 1 likes
“hawk wings, titanium armor, and eyes that could see through walls. Jay rose to his feet. “That’s amazing,” he said in a shocked whisper. “The wings look real. And that fire …” He pointed to the flames coming out of Akivo’s silver boots. Barry had worked for three hours on those flames, mixing orange and red and yellow with a bit of blue until they looked like they would burn your fingers if you touched them. They both stood there for a minute, staring at the drawing. Then Jay started jumping up and down. “We’re going to win the contest!” Jay yelled. “We’re going to win the contest!” Barry started jumping too. He knew that hundreds of people were entering,” 1 likes
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