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Another Kind of Hurricane
by Tamara Ellis Smith


Overview - In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters--a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident--come together to find healing.

A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble.  Read more...


 
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Overview
In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters--a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident--come together to find healing.

A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of this beautiful, poignant book. When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in northern Vermont, tragically loses his best friend, Wayne, he flees to ravaged New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts--and to search for a marble that was in the pocket of a pair of jeans donated to the Red Cross.

Rich with imagery and crackling with hope, this is the unforgettable story of how lives connect in unexpected, even magical, ways.

"In Smith's poetic hands, this poignant story barrels across the pages and into the reader's heart, reminding us that magic can arise from the deepest tragedy." --Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor Award winner and two-time National Book Award Finalist

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553511932
  • ISBN-10: 0553511939
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 21st Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Two 10-year-old boys, Zavion and Henry, live 1600 miles apart in New Orleans and in Vermont; facing separate tragedies, they become connected by a treasured marble and by the power of their grief. After Zavion loses his home to Hurricane Katrina, he and his father move to a temporary home in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, Henry’s best friend Wayne has a fatal accident while hiking on a mountain trail. Debut author Smith handles the aftermath of both events tenderly, as well as how they begin to unite the characters: Henry loses a marble that he and Wayne shared when his mother donates his jeans to a New Orleans charity; Henry hitches a ride to the city with a volunteer in an attempt to find the marble. Meanwhile, Zavion stows away in a bird rescue van back to New Orleans. Smith sensitively depicts both Henry’s rage toward the mountain he loved for betraying him and Zavion’s consuming feeling of obligation to the home that has vanished. As the boys’ paths converge, their stories are gracefully laced together and their individual communities are vividly imagined. Ages 9–12. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (July)

 
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