Sunday, September 27, 2015

Zane and the Hurricane / W. R. Philbrick / 181 pages

Zane Dupree never met his father.  His parents met in the Air Force, but his dad was run over by a guy who had a stroke while driving.  He and his mother and Bandit the Wonder Dog live in New Hampshire.  His mother recently located Beatrice, the lady who raised his father, online, and decided that Zane should visit her in New Orleans.  Unfortunately, he arrives just before Hurricane Katrina.  Through his twelve year old eyes we witness the storm's impact, relief efforts, and the startling diversity of human nature's reaction to catastrophe.  Zane learns much about his family and humanity, while the reader experiences the devastation of the storm.  Excellent information about the hurricane and it aftermath are presented in a sensitive, non-judgmental fashion.  The sometimes overwhelming emotional tension finds welcome relief in the upbeat nature and irrepressible jokes of Malvina one of the resident victims of the storm.  Mr. Tru, a true life saver and companion, shows humanity as we should be.

Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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