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Philbrick, W. R.
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2014
IL 5-8, RL 6.0

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Zane is visiting his great-grandmother in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina approaches. While they are evacuating, his dog, Bandit, runs away, and Zane is separated from his great-grandmother.  Zane must survive the storm alone. Will he and his dog find his great-grandmother and make it safely back to his mother in New Hampshire?    (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award Committee)

Booktalk #2

Do you enjoy books that keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with thoughts and images that stay with you? Do you like adventure books about kids struggling for survival in dangerous circumstances? If you answered yes to these questions, then the book Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick is a book you must pick up. Zane and Bandit find themselves alone in New Orleans fighting for survival through Hurricane Katrina. They are rescued by a man and a girl in a canoe but the rescue, in this instance, does not mean safety. They will face horrifying angry snakes, chaos, and some evil people before their journey is over. How does everything work out? Read it and find out.  (Prepared by:   Leslie Cooper, Stiles Point Elementary, South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #3

In an effort for Zane to get to know his deceased fatherís family, his mother sends him to New Orleans to meet his great-grandmother.  Little does she know that she is sending him into one of Americaís worst disasters.  The city is preparing for Hurricane Katrina when he arrives and through a series of mishaps, he finds himself and his dog, Bandit, lost in the city when the storm hits.  How will Zane and Bandit survive the monster storm that leaves death and destruction in its wake?(Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Fiction.
                        New Orleans (La.) -- Fiction.
                        Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.

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