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Finding Someplace

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Reesie Boone just knows that thirteen is going to be her best year yet—this will be the year she makes her very first fashion design on her Ma Maw's sewing machine. She'll skip down the streets of New Orleans with her best friends, Ayanna and Orlando, and everyone will look at her in admiration.

But on Reesie's birthday, everything changes. Hurricane Katrina hits her city.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ellie F
this book was pretty good even though it was about hurricane Katrina
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epub
Size benimle ilgili ufak bir bilgi;

A S L A e-book okuyamıyorum.

Kitap elimde o kadar süründü ki, ne zaman başladığımı hatırlamıyorum bile. Yine de ne kadar ara vermiş olursam olayım karakterleri, hikayenin akışını, hikayeyi unutmadım. Kimi yerlerinde gözlerim doldu, kimi yerlerinde gülümsedim ama genel olarak kitabı çok sevdim.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was another book that was selected for my classroom book clubs and it is easily my favorite one! Reesie is ready to celebrate her birthday when Hurricane Katrina hits, throwing her party plans out the window and scattering her family as they try to survive the aftermath of the storm. The second part of the book shows Reesie and her family dealing with the aftermath of Katrina as they prepare to move back to New Orleans. Lovely book!
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. Now, it is definitely written for a younger audience but I loved it. Finding Someplace paints a picture of Katrina and the aftermath that seems so personal and so raw, I had trouble putting it down. I found myself holding my breath at the end, waiting for the emotional hammer to strike. This is an important book to share with students about such a disastrous and damaging event. I love that this book made everything feel human and personal. That is probably the best way I ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After I just went off complaining about books set in New Orleans, I picked up this fictionalized account of a girl who spent her 13th birthday on the roof of her neighbor's house waiting to be rescued from Katrina's flood waters. This book is GOOD. Probably the best "Katrina book" geared towards youth. Middle schoolers now do not remember Katrina, if they were even alive during it, but they were still touched by it, grew up hearing their family talk about it, feel the fear of it. Denise Lewis Pa ...more
Lily Gatto
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Finding Someplace" by Denise Lewis Clark is a wonderfully told realistic-fiction novel about a family putting their lives back together after Hurricane Katrina destroys their home and city. This novel is a touching story about finding your place in this world and how people can come together during difficult times. If you're interested in finding out what the meaning of "home" really is, then check out this book!
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick tells the story of a girl experiencing and recovering from Hurricane Katrina. It is one of several books to come out in the past couple years that tell a similar story, but it is my favorite that I've read so far.

Reesie is enjoying the days leading up to her 13th birthday, but as the day draws closer her beloved city of New Orleans seems to be under the growing threat of Hurricane Katrina. Her mot
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Reesie is making plans for her thirteenth birthday party-- she's made a new outfit, her older brother has bought her matching shoes, and a neighbor, Ms. Martine, has made one of her famous coconut cakes. When bad weather closes in on New Orleans, however, the plans go awry. Her father, a policeman, refuses to leave town because he needs to go to work. Her mother, a nurse, gets stuck at work when other staff members don't show up, so Reesie ends up helping Ms. Martine and
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
1) My rationale for selecting Finding Someplace as part of my culturally diverse text set is because it fits in with an overall 'theme' – an African American woman as a main character or primary focus for the book. Finding Someplace tells the story of a young African American girl named Reesie Boone, who is on the verge of her thirteenth birthday when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, where she and her family live. Through a series of ordeals after becoming separated from her family, Reesie su ...more
This is a solid middle grades novel about surviving Hurricane Katrina. I thought a lot about Eggers' _Zeitoun_, probably because that story brought alive New Orleans and Katrina more than my gatherings from the news back in 2005. This novel is much simpler, and it's not fair to compare them because they respectively reach very different ages and because I am not the intended reader for this one. I liked that Reesie was honest about her feelings, that she was observant of people and events around ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thirteen year old Reesie lives in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans with her parents. Both of her parents, a policemen and a nurse, are working when the storm hits and because of a series of unplanned events, Ressie is stranded with neighbors. Patrick's description of events captures the tension and uncertainty of that time period and gives the reader a sense of what it must have been like for residents. The characters are fully developed, helping the reader understand the thinking that was behind s ...more
Jan 22, 2015 added it
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A great story of family, endurance, and finding out what "home" really means. Wonderfully told. Reesie felt very real to me and all I wanted to do was go and hug her and protect her and tell her that everything will work out in the end. And Miss Martine? What a fab lady!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This book tackles both the survival of Hurricane Katrina and the process of rebuilding your life after disaster.
Laura Phelps
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2015
A good read-alike for those who enjoyed Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere or Zane and the Hurricane.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, kids
A very good book for kids, but a little schlocky for this adult reader. Still, the characters rang true and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to young readers who enjoy realistic fiction.
It made me tear up, so it gets four stars instead of three.
Hailey Mummert
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding Someplace is a realistic fiction book about a young girl getting ready for her 13th birthday, but suddenly Hurricane Katrina hits and she now has to deal with all that entails regarding survival of the Hurricane. I liked how the author used dates and days of the week in the span of eight days to show how fast things can change in the time of a natural disaster and how fast people’s lives change from it during that time. Finding Someplace also has an incredible message of finding the true ...more
Adam Geisler
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel explores how Hurricane Katrina was more than a meteorological storm; it tore through families just as much as buildings. Lewis Patrick avoids many of the political realities of that time, most likely because the book is in the YA genre. Instead, she centers her story around Reesie Boone, who is supposed to be celebrating her first teenage birthday. Reesie's festivities are interrupted by the storm, and the rest of the plot is split between how she copes with the immediate effects and ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It's a nice encapsulation of what many people who went through Hurricane Katrina might have experienced. There are a few moments where it felt like characters said certain things that wouldn't necessarily be said realistically for the benefit of the reader (e.g., some hurricane terminology her family uses when they are discussing the news, life lessons they have learned, etc.) but it wasn't too much. I enjoyed the novel: Reesie's is a realistic and likable character, and h ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a hard time reading young people's fiction written in the first person. Too much of it is very me, me, me. But in this book, Denise Lewis Patrick creates a main character, Reesie, who doesn't fall into that trap. This is particularly meaningful because the action takes place on the day of the Hurricane Katrina levee break, which is Reesie's birthday. The story conveys her emotions, from disappointment to fear, without sliding into me-ism. The action is fast moving, the characters are beli ...more
Patricia Delara
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I typically tend to read a juvenile fiction book every now and then, and I am so glad I found this book. The cover appealed to me at the library, and I was instantly drawn to thirteen year old Reesie Boone’s journey, before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. This book was deeply moving. I loved it.
Judy E.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reesie Boone is excited about her upcoming 13th birthday, but she lives in the ninth ward in New Orleans, hurricane Katrina changes all her plans. Reesie is separated from all her family members, and finds herself with an 80 year old neighbor when the hurricane hits. This is a balanced and realistic novel that shows a young girl's reaction to a life changing natural disaster.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, z2017
This was such a good book. I love that it was told from the perspective of a young teenager. I only wish it had focused more on the daily challenges instead of skipping forward several months.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5-6th
Gives good idea of what it must be like to evacuate during a hurricane, or at least Katrina... and it is African-American middle class POV mainstream... but ho hum characterization, I couldn't get excited/invested... very broad
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Middle grade historical fiction. My 10-year old recommended this to me because she found it beautiful. She and I agree that historical fiction is not usually our interest, but this description of Hurricane Katrina was very engaging. The characters were great -- you really wanted to root for them.
Ashleigh Rose
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A student gave it to me - a good read for kids hoping to learn more about Katrina. Also loved that the story still goes on for about 8 months after the storm to show that side of the disaster as well.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked that this one had a little more depth to it and was a little more realistic than the last. Don't want to own a copy, but is a good one to read.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It was amazing. It had some bits that i didn't like so much. I would recommend it for any 10+ year old out there looking for a great adventure about hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Angie Munoz
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
Amazing chapter book for young teens! Its about a natural disaster that hits home on Reesie’s 13th birthday.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Helps me understand what people went through during hurricane Katrina
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