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The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predi The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?


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The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predi The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century. Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?

30 review for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 involves a boy named Barry, his family, a dog named Cruz, and one Hurricane Katrina. Barry and his family are forced to return to their home during the pre-hurricane evacuation because his three-year-old sister comes down with the flu in the car. His little sister is feverish and calls Katrina a “big fat lady in the sky” and sweet Barry feels badly about this description, deciding, in his imagination, that she is instead a “pretty singer, belting out her song.” The family awaits the storm with that same sense of positivity, knowing they have little choice but to face the unknown with courage. As a person who spent 25 years of her life in South Florida, I have sat out a few big hurricanes myself (including Andrew, who left the calling card of a tree on my car), and I thought that the author did an excellent job of describing the early arrival of the storm: . . . the strangest thing was the silence. Their block was deserted. There were no motorcycles vrooming. No kids laughing and shouting. No music playing or basketballs bouncing. Usually the trees were filled with birds, and frogs chirped from the bushes. But there wasn't a bird in sight, and not a peep was to be heard. You probably know the rest. The storm arrives, and it's even worse than anyone thought it would be. The water pressure from the category 5 hurricane causes the levees to “[crumble] like the walls of sandcastles.” When Barry is thrown, literally, into the storm, he turns out to be nothing less than a hero. There were some tears of joy over here, too, when the dog got involved. If you're ever looking to give a book to a reluctant male reader, this is the one. Katrina was a nightmare, but this little book about courage is a dream.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maddie D

    1-9-12 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 1-9-12 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 finishing up a superhero comic book contest entry. Now they have to choose between that and leaving town to survive. This book is definitely a character driven book and an action packed book. It's character driven because a lot of it has to do with the characters. Like Barry and his family trying to get out of town, and Barry and Jays comic book. Its action packed because there all trying to get out of town at once and a huge hurricane is hitting their town. This book relates to me because one time I was at lunch but I really wanted to read this really good book. So I was trying to talk to my friends, while I was trying to read my book, at the same time I was trying to eat lunch. It was a very hard moment like what’s going on in the book. The only dislike I have about this book is that it’s hard to keep up with because so many things are going on at one time. But all those different things are very interesting, which is why this book is also fast paced. I would recommend this book to people who like a lot of action! This book is all about action, for example the hurricane hitting their town when Barry and his family thought it was just a little storm. I can’t wait to read more of this book. I think next Barry and his family won’t be able to get out of town and they will be trapped in New Orleans!

  4. 5 out of 5

    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. Pros: 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 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. Pros: 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 previous book in the series was filler) so that’s good. This book is very intense! Lots of exciting stuff throughout. There’s always a few illustrations in these books and they are often very well done! This book’s few illustrations fall into that category. Cons: This book is unfortunately quite predictable. I mean, look at the title... you can tell what will most likely happen. This book has some massive amounts of plot convenience. As in, throughout it seems like something bad is happening but some kind of deus ex machina shows up. Mixed thoughts: The dog. I know some of you are thinking “you love dogs, how are there mixed thoughts?” Well, there is some cute stuff involving the pupper... unfortunately there’s some sad stuff about it too (don’t worry, doggo doesn’t die) and that made me sad. We also don’t know what happened to it after surviving the hurricane. Overall: It’s good. Yeah, I had a few problems with it but for the most part it’s a well written, intense tale with interesting characters. I enjoyed it. 4/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly J.

    I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 20005 Lauren Tarshis 95 pages nonfiction 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 I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 20005 Lauren Tarshis 95 pages nonfiction 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 you are suppose to go if you cant find your family and thats were Barry finds his dad and then they find the rest of there family and luckily they are all ok. I liked this book because the whole series is really interesting and it had a lot of different parts in the book when you might think Barry was going to die or get injured. Another reason why i liked this book was because when Barry's little sister gets sick i didn't know what was going to happen because i didn't know how badly she was sick but luckily she wasn't to badly sick and they all made safely out in the end. This book was really interesting and i really liked because it had a bunch of interesting facts that i didn't know about Hurricane Katrina. Those were some reasons why i liked the book I Survived Hurricane Katrina and i recommend this book and the rest oh the series to people who like books about stuff that happened in our past and how families survived it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ty S

    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 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 book because all of the action there weren't hardly any dull moments. This book made me feel anxious about what was going to happen next. Anybody who likes action packed books would really enjoy this novel. This book compares to The Maze Runner.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Great historical book for children.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Benson

    great book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    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 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 in a non-scary way about a scary event. I would like to read some more books by her and see how she approaches some of the other events, such as 9-11 and the Nazi invasion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hasna M.

    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! 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Sauceda

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Cook

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 continues to flood, and they head to the attic. Fortunately, years ago, Barry's grandfather left an ax in the corner of the attic, knowing a large storm will someday hit the area. As the family tries to survive, Barry becomes lost from his family. Clinging to a large tree, Barry Rescuing his friends dog, they are saved by a brave young woman in a large yellow raft who is trying her best to navigate through the snakes, the torn-apart houses, the oil and all the debre. She takes Barry to a bridge when he is incredibly lucky in finding his family. Fast forward to a few years later when only 19% of people have returned to the Ninth Ward. Barry's family flees to Texas and then they land in New York where a job awaits his father.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    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)[he was ripped off the roof by the wind (hide spoiler)] and also when (view spoiler)[he saw that house coming at him when he was gripping the tree trunk. (hide spoiler)] I loved the family dynamic to this story, the way the dad (view spoiler)[played music to the sound of the wind, and how he comforted them. (hide spoiler)] I'm 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)[he was ripped off the roof by the wind (hide spoiler)] and also when (view spoiler)[he saw that house coming at him when he was gripping the tree trunk. (hide spoiler)] I loved the family dynamic to this story, the way the dad (view spoiler)[played music to the sound of the wind, and how he comforted them. (hide spoiler)] I'm glad they were reunited.

  15. 5 out of 5

    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 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 her books! I would certainly include them in any History or Reading class studying the period being discussed. This story is so suspenseful that it will have you riveted to your seat! It is a real page turner. If you are reading this to children, they will not want you to stop reading! In this story, Barry and his family find that they are not able to get out of the city and must face the terrifying events of Hurricane Katrina! I was teaching students at that time and quite a few of our new students came from New Orleans. They were all traumatized; and did not want to talk about it, until they felt safe enough in their new home, to do so! One of my students, a boy about Barry's age, said they gave his family a choice of relocation points. His father told the supervisor he wanted to take his family as far away from water as he could! So, he chose Las Vegas. The passage below would make a great discussion piece or writing assignment. "Barry still had nightmares about the storm. He didn't sleep much. Even the sound of Dad turning on the shower in the morning made Barry's heart jump. But yes, he knew he was lucky. Luckier than the tens of thousands of people who'd been stranded for days in the hot and terrifying Superdome. Or the people who'd been stuck on bridges and highways and rooftops." I am an animal lover and have always had dogs and cats! They are my family. I didn't know "Katrina caused a crisis for the animals of New Orleans. Pets were banned from the Superdome, and after the storm, few people were allowed to bring their pets on buses leaving the city. Tensof thousands of pets were stranded without food and water after the storm." I think that that is disgraceful!!! God made the animals before us and it is up to us to take care of them! I am so grateful members of the Humane Society organized the biggest animal rescue in United States history. I don't know if I would go if my pets couldn't go with me. Hopefully, I will never have to face that heartbreaking decision!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    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. 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. Barry and his parents spend hours on the crowded road and his sister started throwing up because of stomach viruses. Barry and his family decided to just head back home and hope for the best, this was a really bad idea. When the hurricane happens everything is getting destroyed and houses are floating everywhere. Barry see's Abe the bully's dog scared standing on destroyed things he pulls Cruz up and try to remain calm with him. Barry and Cruz get rescued by a helper boat and is reunited with his family in a helping shelter. After a while Barry gets in touch with Jay they are really far away from each other, and they say who they see each other they will start there comic contest once again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leah Akatrai

    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 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 I also liked this book. It’s interesting to read about kids around my age going through things like that even if it’s not based on true events.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeffery

    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 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 won the contest, I think the ending doesn't explain itself well

  19. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    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. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    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!

  22. 4 out of 5

    👭True Sisters💞

    I love I Survived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is 1 of the best books I ever read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Quick read. Great for middle schoolers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Austin W

    i love these books and i love them

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    It was a great book. I would recommend it to anybody

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy The Great

    I think it was a good book and I think it was a little sad but i still loved it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hampton

    A great fictional account of what happened during Hurricane Katrina.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    I read part of this book today to a class of 5th graders. They loved it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    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. Plot. 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 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. Plot. 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 the storm early enough, so they were in a hurry to leave. Once they got onto the highway, Berry's little sister, Cleo, got sick and threw up everywhere in the car. After Cleo got sick, the family decided to go back and try to make it through the storm at their house. When the flood waters started to rise, into the house the family moved to the attic. Their great grandfather was watching over them by secretly putting an axe in the attic so they could break through the roof of the house and survive. After they got onto the roof, Berry got blown off the roof by a big gust of wind. He was swept away by the raging flood waters and became further separated from his family. He then decided to catch a ride on the bottom of a car. At the end of the book, Berry was reunited with his family and then they moved to New York where Barry's dad was a professor at a local college. Characterization. Berry Tucker is the main character in the book. He is a young boy who is very good at drawing. In the book, he creates this fictional superhero, who is the main character in his comic book. Another character in the book is Barry's dad. He is a huge role model to Berry and is always there for him in times of need. Setting. The main setting in the book is the Lower Nine, which is located on the south side of New Orleans. That was where the majority of the time spent in the storm was. Another big setting in the book is the house were Berry found the dog that he saved. The book takes place in 2005. Recommendations. I would recommend this book to any high school or middle school aged kids. It is an easy read and can be comprehended very easily. Boys and girls can get enjoyment out of the book because they can see the struggles Berry faced. I give this book a four out of five star rating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Devlin M

    very good! a theme for this book would be when things get tough to get going.

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