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I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005

(I Survived #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,333 ratings  ·  617 reviews
Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.
Published by SCHOLASTIC (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)
Emma YES! Defiantly tell other people, just tell them if there 9 to 11 years old
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Do you know this author, Lauren Tarshis?

She created the “I Survived” series for middle grades readers (and apparently their mothers), and each story is like a little bit of dynamite that explodes in the neural pathways of your brain within 90-100 pages.

Neither my preteen daughters nor I can get enough of them.

What Ms. Tarshis does is create fictional characters who “reenact” actual events that happened during some of our biggest moments in American history.

And they are riveting!

This one involve
The plot is a person that got stuck in a hurricane in the lower 9 of New Orleans with him and his family and he had to survive. It happened in 2005. I liked the plot and it was about history. I did not like it was short. Because it is short and really good, so young people would like it because it is short and someone who is into history.
Maddie D
Jan 10, 2013 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
L. McCoy
Umm... I don’t have a beginning for this review. Let’s just move on I guess.

What’s it about?
Life for Barry, a nerdy kid in New Orleans was fairly normal... that is until Hurricane Katrina. During the hurricane, he has to do all kinds of crazy stuff with all of his strength to stay alive.

The story is pretty interesting and very well written.
The characters are interesting. In this Tarshis managed to find a good way to have character background without too much filler (a problem I had with the
Kelly J.
Jan 16, 2013 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
Ty S
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
Barry is a boy that lives in the Lower Ninth of New Orleans. Him and his family know that Hurricane Katrina is coming. Their original plan was to evacuate but then Barry's sister gets really sick. Barry and his family get forced to stay and wait out the storm. At first the storm wasn't to bad but, overnight the levees break and all troubles break loose. Barry gets lost in the flood away from his family and by himself. Does he have what it takes to survive Hurricane Katrina?
I really liked this
Great historical book for children.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book
My son, who although a good reader and well above grade level, is not much of a reader. He's only in 2nd grade, so not real concerned yet. But the other day, he started talking about the "I Survived" series and was really surprised I knew of it. I went out that day to the library and got this book for me to read since he is reading it in class and also got him a couple he requested. These are short books between 100 and 150 pages and seem to be ideal for second to fifth graders. They are written ...more
Hasna M. 8B
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Lauren Tarshis! Her books are AMAZING! I haven't read these books in a while since I'm into larger books but these were my faves in elementary. I think I've read all of them! Hurricane Katrina was what I like to call "my birthday disaster" because it hit at the time that I was born. Crazy, right? Does anybody else have a birthday disaster? Anyway, this book deserves a 5 out of 5! ...more
Aaron Sauceda
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. Just like all the other I survived books, it talks about a historical disaster in a story kind of way. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to almost everybody.
Ariel Masters
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter (9) told me I HAD to read this book; so I did;D It was exciting from the beginning, but as a mother of four littles, I felt deeply while reading. Again, I learned much despite this being a children's book. My favorite so far of the 'I Survived' series. ...more
Linda Lipko
over and over again "Leave Town!" Barry's family packs up and tries to leave. As the depart, the traffic is stalled and is miles long. Barry's little sister is sick. Barry's dad turns around and hopes to ride out the storm.

It might have been alright if the leeves in the Ninth Ward had not come apart, spewing millions of gallons of water throughout New Orleans, but in particular, the Ninth Ward was hit the hardest. With 125 mile per hour winds, Barry's family lose their house as the water continu
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very eye-opening read, and I felt it was pretty realistic too! Such an insight into the events of the hurricane back in 2005. I was terrified when (view spoiler) and also when (view spoiler) I loved the family dynamic to this story, the way the dad (view spoiler) I'm ...more
Meg McGregor
I was a Middle School Reading, History, and English teacher for almost 30 years! How did I not know about this series?

Another reviewer, Phillip, recommended one of the books in the series, and I decided to get them all from my library!

I really enjoyed it this story! I love learning new things and Ms. Tarshis writes about the past so vividly, it is like she was actually there; you get the feeling that she is telling you about personal events!

I can fully understand why students would enjoy reading
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I survive Hurricane Katrina is about an 11 year old boy named Barry who lives with his sister and parents. Barry and his friend Jay are huge fans of superhero cartoons and they planned on entering a contest for it. They keep trying to avoid a bully named Abe and his dog named Cruz. Barry and his friend Jay kept hearing on radios of a huge hurricane warning. Barry and his family pack up and leave the city. This means that Barry can't enter the contest and he also won't see his friend for a while. ...more
Leah Akatrai
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis is a book i found interesting and made me a little emotional that a boy that age has to go through a hurricane all alone with no one. Personally I think the theme of this book is to never give up, because Barry never gave up on finding his family and fought through the hurricane and made it out and found his family. At first Barry didn’t want to go through it and wanted to give up, and then he changed and got the idea to never give up, which is why ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, it was intense, sad, and a bit terrifying because I can imagine how bad it`d be to be in this situation where you get separated from you're family and having to survive the deadly hurricane that destroyed the city and killed thousands. It`s smart that the author put in the intense part as the start and then putted in how it all started. The ending was a little bad because for me I think cliffhangers are terrible, I just want to know if some of their friends died or if they wo ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had me all weepy at the end. I don't think I would have been as badass as Barry. I can't imagine what it was like to live through Katrina? It wasn't until listening to the story that I got to thinking about how many people were forced out of their hometown...not just their homes. Now I'm going to go read up on how the city is recovering 14 years later. ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 is based on a boy named Barry who is involved in the Hurricane. Barry was a real “superhero” in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes helping people, and also to kids who like reading about natural disasters. I could relate to this book because I like helping people. I would give this book a five star rating.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect short audiobook for the drive to the airport today. Great book describing the disaster aimed at kids - I still enjoyed the story. The facts at the end were heartbreaking and reassuring - like the animal rescue efforts afterwards that saved so many!
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I love I Survived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is 1 of the best books I ever read!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
Quick read. Great for middle schoolers.
Austin W
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love these books and i love them
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great book. I would recommend it to anybody
Tracy The Great
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was a good book and I think it was a little sad but i still loved it!
Kim Hampton
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great fictional account of what happened during Hurricane Katrina.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read part of this book today to a class of 5th graders. They loved it!
Personal Response.
I enjoyed the book, I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, by Lauren Tarshis, because it portrays some of the real events that happened at that time. I feel this book has informed me on the devastating events that took place in 2005. Lauren Tarshis did a great job of describing all the details in the book.

In the beginning of the book, Berry Tucker and his family prepared for a great storm to hit New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina. Berry´s family did not do enough preparation for
Devlin M
very good! a theme for this book would be when things get tough to get going.
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