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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  591 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
A boy, a dog, and New Orleans' most famous hurricane
Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists, and his best friend is a stray dog named Shadow. At first Saint is sure that Hurricane Katrina will be just like the last one--no big deal. But then the city is ordered to evacuate
ebook, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Puffin Books
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Mr. Gottshalk
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the school book fair and glad that I did. It is historical fiction, but recent history - the story of an ambitious twelve-year old who experiences the before, during, and after of Hurricane Katrina. No more it!
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. Great summer read! I would recommend for ages 9-13. I read it outloud to my 6 year old and he enjoyed the story and was able to follow along. It is a quick read, 2-3 days for my older children. A child's perspective of Hurricane Katrina and how the hurricane forever changed New Orleans and the people who live and play music in that interesting and unique city.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
An engaging story, Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods is about an eleven-year-old who loves music and a neighborhood dog. The ending is somewhat abrupt, and with too many contrivances, but I still enjoyed this story set in New Orleans at the time Hurricane Katrina hit.

Main character Saint endears himself to me, first because of his dream to save up for a clarinet. Mind you, he doesn’t want just any clarinet. His sights are on a L1020 Step-Up Pro Clarinet, which will set him back $1200 b
Emma Marino
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
liked this so much more than Ninth Ward another Katrina book.
Jennifer Haight
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had all of the potential and none of the delivery necessary to make a heavy impact on the reader of the real terror and fear that kids experienced during Hurricane Katrina. It does a decent job at painting the mood and setting of New Orleans but doesn't show real emotional connections between the characters.

It has some clever touches, including the main character's dream name, Valentine Xavier Beach and his musician friend Smokey DeLeon. It was also endearing when Saint would incorpor
Chrissy Erwin
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Donna Siebold
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is a young boy living in New Orleans. Until very recently he was best friends with his neighbor Money (Mona Lisa). Now she thinks she has outgrown him. He loves music and plays clarinet for the tourists. He wants to earn enough money to purchase a LeBlanc L1020 to replace his current instrument. He is good friends with an elderly gentleman named Smokey who is also a musician.

When news of Hurrican Katrina comes to New Orleans Saint Louis and his family are not initiall
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Saint loves playing the clarinet. He plays it for tourists in New Orleans to earn money for a new clarinet and for his future at Julliard. Life isn’t all easy though, he has taken to a stray dog that his father will not allow him to adopt and his best friend has outgrown him, now spending her time partying with the cooler, older kids. As Hurricane Katrina approaches, Saint and his family are not that concerned since it is expected to miss New Orleans, as the days progress, the tension builds and ...more
Wonderful childrens' book that gives kids an idea of what Hurricane Katrina felt like from the perspective of a 12 year old Black boy in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, a historically and musically significant neighborhood that, according to Wikipedia, sustained mild-moderate damage from the ravages of Katrina. This middle school level adventure-in-the-midst-of-disaster is kept light without feeling too light for the subject matter. It's a suspenseful page turner and a quick read.

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