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Brown, Don.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

(4 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

On August 29, 2005, everything changed for the people of New Orleans.  Everyone was watching Hurricane Katrina for days as it tracked towards the city.  It was unthinkable that this could happen.  But it did.  The storm was massive and hit with such tremendous force that there was no escaping the fury. There were many mistakes made by the those in charge that made things worse.  When the storm was finally over, more than 1,400 people had lost their lives and things would never be the same.  Live the horrible event as it crashes into the city.

Booktalk #2

When a towering wall of water and 121mph winds converge on the city of New Orleans, itís every man for himself. Emergency workers and police are as trapped by the flooding and disaster as the people who need their help. This graphic novel, with full color illustrations, is a brief but shocking glimpse into the true events that occurred in August 2005.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

Booktalk #3

In DROWNED CITY, author and artist Don Brown takes on the tragic and controversial events that changed and destroyed the lives of thousands of New Orleans residents forever. On August 29, 2005, a devastating storm swept up New Orleans. It killed more than 1,400 people, and the ones it spared were left scarred and broken. As it does with all big storms, the National Hurricane Center gave this monstrous calamity a name: Katrina. This graphic novel format book begins with an omniscient point of view ó a map of the U.S. Gulf Coast and ominous full-page spreads of clouds ó but it quickly becomes clear that nature itself is in charge. Voices of those who lived through the storm are folded into the story, from the New Orleanians who evacuated to those who were trapped in their homes. Brown is careful to show the political neglect that led to this disaster and the human toll this negligence caused. Brown offers glimpses into the national discourse in the aftermath of Katrina now 10 years later, embedding some critical critique of the way it was handled and also conveying the perseverance and humanity of its survivors. (Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

Booktalk #4

Hurricane Katrina ravaged a city, rearranged a region, and shocked a nation. The power of Katrina was severely underestimated. When it hit New Orleans, levees burst, Lake Pontchartrain surged, and entire parishes were under water. When it hit the gulf coast, people who chose to stay were lost. The nation watched it all unfold in horror. This disaster is recounted in sparse, striking, graphic detail. (Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Rosie Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Comics (Graphic works)
                        Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Cartoons and comics.
                        Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects Cartoons and comics.
                        New Orleans (La.) -- History -- 21st century -- Cartoons and comics.
                        New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions -- Cartoons and comics.

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