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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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Maddie D
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...more
Kelly J.
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...more
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...more
Ashton Daniel

****************************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...more
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
Luke F
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

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...more
The main character if this book is Ben and he is separated from his family in this hurricane. I really liked this book because it told me kinda what to do if this actually happened again. I would recommend this book to Logan Leblanc because I think he would love it
Norberto Leyva
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
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
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
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.

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.
This entire series is very popular with middle grade readers. Chapters are short and the books are historically accurate and have a lot of action in them. While it's not my favorite book, I read it cover to cover in one sitting, so it kept me reading.

In this book, in particular, I wish that the ending had been a little more developed and incorporated a more critical view of individual groups who were most affected by Hurricane Katrina - however, that could easily be done if read as a class and i...more
Quick read. Good for 2nd and 3rd graders. Historic fiction, that is definitely pertinent for our younger generation now, since many of them were not alive when this tragedy of nature occurred. Gives them a glimpse of what it may have been like for a few people. Leaves one questioning about what else happened, which could lead to research. The writing isn't amazing, but that is not the point of the book.

An interesting choice for 2014-2015 Beehive nominee, but I think it will go well because of it...more
So far it's scary
Ms. Yingling
Barry and his family enjoy their life in the Lower Ninth Ward until a hurrican bears down upon them. They listen carefully to the news and decide to evacuate, but Barry's sister Cleo becomes very ill in the car, and the traffic is impossible, so they return home. When the water rises, they go to the attic and eventually the roof, where Barry falls off and is swept away. Luckily, he manages to get out of the water and into a house, where he befriends a dog. He is picked up by someone in a boat an...more
C.C. Thomas
In this third installment in the series, Tarshis focuses on a tragedy closer to home and closer to now. Barry is an adolescent boy, living in the 9th ward in New Orleans. He's just a regular boy, at home with his family when THE STORM hits. Usually, there is a build-up to the action, but in these books, the disaster just happens. In this book, chapter 2! Barry and his family try to flee from the hurricane, but his baby sister gets a bad case of the flu and the family is forced to go home and rid...more
i tought it wsa good book and it was about a little boy who just moved into a new neighborhod and its a kid who mess with him sometimes. And later on in the book it was a big storm/hurricane coming and they had to leave the city and when they started to teave they went back because the little girl/daughtor got sick when they was in the car. Then the hurricane came and the little boy got caught in the water and got washed away from his family in the water and he was alone for hours. So he grabbed...more
Jessica Gong
This book is about a young boy "Barry" and his family experiencing hurricane Katrina.Barry's family tries to evacuate before hurricane Katrina destroys their home in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.But when Barry's little sister gets really sick,they're forced to stay home and wait until the storm is over.At first,hurricane Katrina doesn't seem as bad as the meteorologists predicted,but then overnight,the levees break,and their whole house starts to flood,Barry gets separated from his family...more
102 pages
Historical Fiction
By Lauren Tarshis

I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 is the third book in the I Survived series. It is about a boy named Barry Tucker who lives in Louisiana. He and his family are preparing for the storm by leaving for the Superdome - a covered football field. However, on the car ride down to their shelter, Barry's little sister, Cleo, gets sick, so they have to stay at home. As the winds pick up and the rain pours down, do the Tuckers have any hope of SURVIVING?

I real...more
Brandi Rae
In the I Survive series, Tarshis takes fictional characters and imagines what might have happened to them during various historical disasters; in this case Hurricane Katrina.

While some of it ends a little too neatly, she does convey the fear and intensity of the event, and the short action filled book is perfect for those who have an interest in Hurricane Katrina, but aren't ready for all the horrible details. I do like that it ends with an author's note and a list of facts about the disaster.

This book is about how Barry survived Hurricane Katrina.

I liked when Barry saved Cruz even though he thought Cruz was going to attack him. I liked when the storm was happening Barry's dad was calm so Barry was calm. I learned that if a bad storm was coming you should evacuate as quick as you can.

This book is amazing I recommend this book for readers who love stories that really happened.
A strong piece of junior fiction that captures the story of Hurricane Katrina in a way that is informational, intense, and realistic without being too graphic or violent for readers as young as 6 or 7 years old. While a bit slow to start, this book will leave children with a better understanding of the historic significance of one of the worst natural disasters in America.
For what it is (a brief historical fiction chapter book for kids to learn more about Hurricane Katrina), it's pretty good. Of course, each short chapter ends with a cliff-hanger of some sort and the action keeps moving along at a fairly rapid pace. (The book is also only 95 pages with occasional full-page pictures.)

I was disappointed, however, that there was not more emphasis on how little the City did on behalf of its residents of the Lower Ninth Ward. It was alluded to, however, I don't think...more
Quick read, great book. The story is about a boy who lives in the 9th Ward and is told to leave the area due to Hurricane Katrina. Due to circumstances, his family is unable to leave. The boy finds himself fighting for his life in the midst of this disaster. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger and the reader learns some great facts about this hurricane disaster.
Alyssa Calhoun
I can see why boys like this series--action packed on every page! Plus, the book is a fast read, at only 95 pages.

The main character's name is Barry, and his family gets stuck in New Orleans after trying to evacuate but being stuck in miles of traffic with a sick toddler, Barry's younger sister Cleo. They move to the attic, then on to the roof. While on the roof, Barry gets swept away. This story is about his time being trapped in the flood away from his family.

It was hard for me to read this b...more
At only 95 pages it certainly is a quick read, and pretty well written. It's the story of a boy living in New Orleans in the now-famed Lower Ninth Ward. As his parents hear about the coming storm on the radio, they pack up and try to leave town only to be stuck on the highway in gridlock traffic with a sick 3 yr. old burning up with fever. They decide they'll be better off at home so they turn around.

Once the levees break and their home is engulfed in water, they make it into the attic where th...more
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“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,” 0 likes
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