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Hurricane Song

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  807 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Hurricane Katrina is raging and you are inside the Superdome! Miles has only lived in New Orleans with his dad, a musician, for a few months when Hurricane Katrina hits. Father and son haven?t exactly been getting along. Miles is obsessed with football; his dad?s passion is jazz. But when the storm strikes, they?re forced to work through their differences to survive a tort ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Viking Juvenile
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Dec 10, 2008 Scott rated it liked it
I can say this was a bad book. It had me quite intrigued. But Volponi's writing is bad. Really bad. He's out of touch 15 years ago. Kids just don't think, talk, or act like this. Still, his story had a lot to like. The action and devastation surrounding the Katrina survivors felt real and horrifying rather than manipulative. But Volponi did few services to his own story. The dialogue was goofy and forced. And many important events were rushed. Like the stand-off with the gang in the Superdome. W ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a young adult book and I'm far past the age it is recommended for, but I enjoyed it and found it a fast read. I lived in the New Orleans area when Hurricane Katrina hit, but we were able to get out before the storm and did not directly experience any of the horror in the city, except via TV. We did see the devastation when we returned. I'm also not black and this book explores the experiences of blacks, mostly poor ones, who either did not or could not leave the city and ended up taking ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Becky rated it liked it

Volponi, Paul. 2008. Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans.

"Miles has only been living with his musician father in New Orleans for two months when Hurricane Katrina hits--and they haven't really been getting along. His dad lives for jazz, while Miles's first love is football. But father and son must set aside their differences when they seek refuge in the crowded Superdome."

Need I say more? The above quote from the jacket says it all. Hurricane Katrina fictionalized through an emotional father-
★ Codie Abibliophobic ★
This book was alright it's not a book that I would recommend to a new reader; because of the style of Paul Volponi's writing and this was not a book that flows so it wasn’t that easy to read. I found the book good at some parts and then annoying. I liked this book but I didn't love it.
John-paul Dean
Feb 28, 2013 John-paul Dean rated it it was amazing
I thought that the book Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi was a great book to read. I don't normally find books that appeal to me but there is just something about the books that Paul Volponi writes that makes me want to keep reading them. The story takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana before hurricane Katrina. Miles, his dad and his uncle are all together when the storm is about to make land fall they all go to a hotel were they believe they will be safe. The men change their minds and go to Supe ...more
Aug 11, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
16 year old Miles goes to live with his jazz musician father in New Orleans after his mother get remarried and has an apartment full of kids. Miles and his father have an uneasy relationship that is tested when Hurricane Katrina strikes and they, along with Miles' uncle, must flee to the Superdome during the storm. What follows is a gritty and realistic looks at what happened during those days that so many people were trapped in the Superdome.

This is great (and relatively short) book that pulls
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As Hurricane Ike, following Gustav and Hannah, continues to unleash its fury over the Gulf Coast, the devastation wrought by hurricanes is front page news for some, and a life threatening reality for others. In his young adult novel, Hurricane Song (Viking, 2008), Paul Volponi takes the reader to New Orleans during and immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

Sixteen-year-old Miles decides to move to New Orleans to live with his jazz musician father after his mother remarries in Chicago. Miles j
Dec 15, 2008 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
Shelves: ya-books
I was impressed with Volponi's Black and White, and was excited to hear him talk so passionately about young adults at a recent conference, especially the troubled ones he works with. This book's central event it Hurricane Katrina, whose blistering winds created the 'song' of the title. Miles is new to New Orleans, new in his father's life. Then their evacuation of N.O. is stopped and the two, along with Miles's uncle, end up in the Superdome. Volponi's descriptions of the inhuman treatment of t ...more
Ms. Rose
3.2ish stars. There are some things I really love about this book. Hurricane Song tells the story of a young black high school boy who has just moved to New Orleans to live with his dad. Katrina hits not long after he arrives and a majority of the book tells the story of their time and the horrors they endure while stranded in the Superdome. I do think that the story lacks depth and every time I thought it was going to delve into some serious issue of poverty or race or government accountability ...more
Jan 11, 2013 7706nkera rated it really liked it
Hurricane song was an amazing book! It's about a kid named Miles and he's stuck in the super dome with his father and friends/family. They face horrible issues in the superdome during hurricane Katrina.
I loved how the author described Miles' and Pops relationship through out the book. In the beginning of the book Miles disliked how his father was putting music before him. In the super dome he felt that his father only liked him when he was playing his drums. I loved how the author referred to t
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Miles has decided to live with his father in New Orleans because his mother's house in Chicago is very crowded. Miles is looking forward to trying out for the football team. Miles thinks that his dad loves playing jazz more than him. Hurricane Katrina hits and Miles, his dad, and uncle have to seek refuge in the Superdome. Volponi's descriptions let you experience what living in the Superdome was like. Miles and his dad learn what really matters.

I listened to the Brilliance Audio production wit
Sep 01, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
This book tugged at a lot of emotions for me. While my experience with flooding was not as devastating as that relived in this book, it stirred many feelings and memories. Trying to look out for yourself but also binding with the community to help others hit home. Even during and after the rebuild, even when places are better and stronger, the memories of that experience live on. Sometimes tears are remembering the fear and worry and sometimes they are remembering the strength of living through ...more
Jan 11, 2013 7706Evan rated it it was amazing
This book was very depressing. It gave you clear ways of what it was like inside the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. The characters were well written, and had perfect traits. There were many themes in this book which were part of the story building. I would definitely read more of Paul Volponi's books. I reccommend this book to everyone.
Jan 18, 2013 7706cloe rated it it was amazing
this book was amazing!
its about a boy named miles who has issues with his dad. however, hurricane katrina hits and they find themselves in the superdome where they bond.
i loved this book because it was suspenseful and exciting. the relationship miles develops with his dad is touching to many people.
i would recommend this book to people who enjoy books on natural disasters.
Feb 18, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
So far, this is the best book about Hurricane Katrina for teens. A realistic account of one teen's experience trying to escape New Orleans, ending up in the Superdome, and losing his home. And like Katrina, the book did not end "happy," but it did end with hope. A must read.
Jan 11, 2013 7709joselyn rated it it was amazing
This book is great . This book gives off so much emotions,you feel love, hate ,fear,and anger. This book makes you open up your eyes and cherish every moment you have with your family.
Mar 12, 2010 Devon703 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
This book was Ok. We read it as a read aloud, and i found that there were a lot metaphors and similes which added great detail. but i found that to get a little annoying.
Linda Lipko
I've read many books regarding New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.

This is one I cannot recommend!
Mar 16, 2017 Hhslibrary rated it it was amazing
This novel was gripping and works as a period piece (how many students know what happened in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina?) and as a survival story. The entire book takes place over just a few days and readers quickly become attached to Miles and his father as they struggle to survive not only the flood but inside the Superdome. The details are vivid and disturbing and the sense of injustice is palpable. A great read!
Mar 11, 2017 Mael rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Miles, a black son, experiences an enormous and destructive hurricane. Him and his father, Pop, were refugees in the Super Dome. The hurricane helped their relationship but also destroyed peoples homes...

Our teacher, Miss Woods, read it so well! When there was a sad moment, Miss Woods mad it feel sad. I felt as if I was in the story!

Thank you Miss Woods for showing me this wonderful book!
Rachel (rachandbooks)
Dec 01, 2012 Rachel (rachandbooks) rated it really liked it
This book has a lot going on within it: gang fights, dead bodies, looting, and the list goes on. This is a story about Miles, a teenager and dedicated football player, who just moved to New Orleans to live with his father, a jazz musician. It isn't long before tragedy hits the city, as a a hurricane named Katrina that forces them to leave their home in search of refuge in the Superdome. This is essentially a book about survival. While in the Superdome, they deal with horrible living conditions, ...more
Hurricane Song
In the book Hurricane Song Miles the main character moves from Chicago to Louisiana to live with his dad who is a Jazz player. Miles was on the varsity football team in Chicago and when he moved down to Louisiana with his dad his dad wanted him to get into music like him. POP Comes home one night and says they are going to meet up with Miles uncle to go to the superdome because Hurricane Katrina. Before they packed up Miles dad gave his a drum to take with them to the superdome.
Mk Moore
Oct 24, 2012 Mk Moore rated it it was amazing
I can say that I absolutely loved this book. To me it felt raw, and the emotions that were portrayed through it were lively enough to jump out of the page. I can also say that it made me think back to the days when we had to flee South Florida from the rampage of Hurricane Andrew in 1993. I still remember the fear, and curiosity, and wonder I felt as we drove through the beginnings of the storm to Northern Florida, and then the aftermath when we returned home.
Hurricane Song takes place in 2005
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Miles has been living in Chicago with his mother and has recently moved to New Orleans to live with his father. His father left the family years ago to play jazz music. Miles knows that his father's life is his music, but when his mother remarried and the family in Chicago increased by three kids, he knew he had no choice. Taking a chance on his father seemed like the only way to go.

So far, the two months father and son have spent t
Aug 28, 2015 H.Raynor rated it liked it
Hurricane Song, by Paul Volponi, is a book about one of America's worst hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina. This book tells you a story about a made up boy who has to survive the hurricane with his father. His father on the other hand really only cares for Jazz. This book takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. This book I would consider it realistic fiction being that it did happen just not a true story of a survivor. The time period was 2005 in the month of August.In this book 15 year old Miles' is ...more
Leketha Outley
Nov 24, 2012 Leketha Outley rated it it was amazing
Miles, a high school sophomore, moved in with his Dad – a trumpet player, after his Mom remarried. Music is his dad’s life, while Miles’ passion is football. Father and son have not spent much time together. Because of the storm (Hurricane Katrina), the whole city had to evacuate. The opportunity to see the Superdome, where the city football championship is played, does not seem so bad to Miles. For father and son, entering the Superdome is the beginning of a two day nightmare. Miles tries to ma ...more
Hunter Sherman
Oct 05, 2015 Hunter Sherman rated it liked it
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Pritchie Brown
Nov 01, 2012 Pritchie Brown rated it really liked it
Hurricane Song tells the story of Miles a young boy who’s been sent to live with his dad in New Orleans. Miles and his father get off to a rocky start. The two don’t get along and Miles is frustrated that his Jazz enthusiast father cares nothing for sports. These issues are amplified when Miles and his father are forced into the Superdome to take shelter from hurricane Katrina’s wrath. On top of issues with his father Miles deals with hostility within the Superdome from gangs and the threat of r ...more
Mike Church

Hurricane song
Paul Volponi wrote hurricane song after the hurricane tragedy in New Orleans. The book tells the story of a high school teenager growing up in a divorced family who went to go live with his dad during the summer. His dad “Pop” is a jazz musician and goes out every night to perform which leaves his son Mick with a lot of free time. Before the Hurricane hit Pop and his son mick and Uncle Roy made their way to the super dome, the only save place in town.
Once the Hurricane hit the c
Courtney Ballantine
Mar 22, 2012 Courtney Ballantine rated it really liked it
Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi is about a teenager named Miles who moves from Chicago to live with his father in New Orleans not long before a great tragedy strikes, Hurricane Katrina. The novel follows what he, his father, and his uncle experience as they try and fail to evacuate and must seek shelter in the Superdome. The novel details the horrible living conditions, lack of food and water, and the crime that occurs as all of the people unable to evacuate had to endure. The book paints a reali ...more
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