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The true story of Courtney Miles' rescue of over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver's license stepped up and showed what "drive" is all about. LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles stole a bus, charged past a police roadblock, and argued with a National Guardsman who threate The true story of Courtney Miles' rescue of over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver's license stepped up and showed what "drive" is all about. LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles stole a bus, charged past a police roadblock, and argued with a National Guardsman who threatened to lock him in the makeshift jail at the Greyhound Bus Station. Sick with worry about his missing grandmother, he drove his passengers to safety, then went back into the city at midnight to help others. His adventure would ultimately lead to starting his life over on the opposite end of the country, far away from the three women he loves - the mother who abused him, the grandmother who taught him to survive, and the girlfriend who would betray him. LAST BUT OUT chronicles Courtney's life alone while his mother was repeatedly jailed for selling drugs. At seven he woke up on Christmas Eve with a gun in his face. At thirteen he witnessed the murder of a man three feet in front of him. As a high school junior he lived alone in an empty house without electricity or water. Courted by gangs who knew he was hungry, "Streets", as he was nicknamed for his solitary life on the streets, lived apart and kept his record clean - until the day he risked his freedom to save his neighbors. Courtney's passengers describe hacking their way through attics, fighting rats and snakes for dry roof space, wading past bloated dead bodies in toxic waters, and searching for missing family members while grieving for loved ones lost. See LastBusOut.com for more information.


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The true story of Courtney Miles' rescue of over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver's license stepped up and showed what "drive" is all about. LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles stole a bus, charged past a police roadblock, and argued with a National Guardsman who threate The true story of Courtney Miles' rescue of over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver's license stepped up and showed what "drive" is all about. LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles stole a bus, charged past a police roadblock, and argued with a National Guardsman who threatened to lock him in the makeshift jail at the Greyhound Bus Station. Sick with worry about his missing grandmother, he drove his passengers to safety, then went back into the city at midnight to help others. His adventure would ultimately lead to starting his life over on the opposite end of the country, far away from the three women he loves - the mother who abused him, the grandmother who taught him to survive, and the girlfriend who would betray him. LAST BUT OUT chronicles Courtney's life alone while his mother was repeatedly jailed for selling drugs. At seven he woke up on Christmas Eve with a gun in his face. At thirteen he witnessed the murder of a man three feet in front of him. As a high school junior he lived alone in an empty house without electricity or water. Courted by gangs who knew he was hungry, "Streets", as he was nicknamed for his solitary life on the streets, lived apart and kept his record clean - until the day he risked his freedom to save his neighbors. Courtney's passengers describe hacking their way through attics, fighting rats and snakes for dry roof space, wading past bloated dead bodies in toxic waters, and searching for missing family members while grieving for loved ones lost. See LastBusOut.com for more information.

30 review for Last Bus Out

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Jones

    A part of my heart lives in NOLA, so I knew I would have an emotional attachment to this book. Suprisingly, after all my Katrina reading and researching, I had never heard (or had forgotten) the story of Courtney's harrowing rescue. I quickly read through this one, feeling a connection once again to so many Katrina victims and a city that I love. Courtney's story is inspiring: partly because of his bravery and integrity but also because of how opportunities arose for him out of something tragic. A part of my heart lives in NOLA, so I knew I would have an emotional attachment to this book. Suprisingly, after all my Katrina reading and researching, I had never heard (or had forgotten) the story of Courtney's harrowing rescue. I quickly read through this one, feeling a connection once again to so many Katrina victims and a city that I love. Courtney's story is inspiring: partly because of his bravery and integrity but also because of how opportunities arose for him out of something tragic. I also enjoyed reading the author's notes at the end. I felt that we are, in a way, kindred spirits. She was driven by a story of a young man making lemonade out of the lemons life handed him...and she just couldn't let it go...and she was a teacher...and she lives in the south, including some time growing up 15 minutes south of my hometown...and she feels nostalgic about NOLA...and, well, she recounted this story worth telling using powerful language that sucked me in!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Price

    I had several family members who were affected by hurricane Katrina.Some returned and rebuilt their lives while others never returned. Reading this book brought back a lot of memories of the devastation and loss that took place. In the aftermath a lot of stories emerged from this horrific event, but I never heard this story. It was heartwarming to read of the bravery of a young man who would stop at nothing to assist those who were less fortunate and did not have the means to escape.I can’t wait I had several family members who were affected by hurricane Katrina.Some returned and rebuilt their lives while others never returned. Reading this book brought back a lot of memories of the devastation and loss that took place. In the aftermath a lot of stories emerged from this horrific event, but I never heard this story. It was heartwarming to read of the bravery of a young man who would stop at nothing to assist those who were less fortunate and did not have the means to escape.I can’t wait to read again with my students.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lesiah Thompson

    Of course I read the book prior to my students reading it, but rereading it with them refreshed my memory of the sadness I felt for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Not only did many fall victim to the hurricane, but they fell victim to this country. I am still haunted by their stories of survival and losses that will take many a lifetime to recover from. Hats off to McDowell for writing in a such a way that captured my students' attention and for a causing a few to discover a love for reading. Of course I read the book prior to my students reading it, but rereading it with them refreshed my memory of the sadness I felt for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Not only did many fall victim to the hurricane, but they fell victim to this country. I am still haunted by their stories of survival and losses that will take many a lifetime to recover from. Hats off to McDowell for writing in a such a way that captured my students' attention and for a causing a few to discover a love for reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three young men stranded on the West Bank of the river rescued hundreds of their neighbors by commandeering school buses and driving them to safety. This is the story of Courtney Miles, one of these young men.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julianna Schock

    While Courtney Miles’s story is pretty incredible, I don’t think it was told well. Ironically, these very real characters often seem two-dimensional on the page, almost like perfect, idealized caricatures. However, I did appreciate learning a story I didn’t know—and an important story at that. The author makes a good point at the end that oftentimes our perspective of post-Katrina is skewed by prejudice and racial biases. Hearing Courtney’s story, and having it preserved on the page, is fighting While Courtney Miles’s story is pretty incredible, I don’t think it was told well. Ironically, these very real characters often seem two-dimensional on the page, almost like perfect, idealized caricatures. However, I did appreciate learning a story I didn’t know—and an important story at that. The author makes a good point at the end that oftentimes our perspective of post-Katrina is skewed by prejudice and racial biases. Hearing Courtney’s story, and having it preserved on the page, is fighting against that false and racist narrative. And finally, a small detail—I found the author’s very specific imagery annoying. I don’t need to know A character’s specific height, weight, and shoe size to get a good picture of them. This is an example of “telling” the reader what the person looks like rather than “showing” the reader.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Camille Dent

    I read this with my 9th grade English class, and we all loved it! It's well-researched and inspiring but poorly edited, unfortunately. When I heard the synopsis of the story, I couldn't believe that it's not a more popular book in the South. One of my students said that it's the best book he's ever read, and another commented that he can't believe this is a true story. The hero of this story is quite a private man in real life, so I'm glad that my students got the chance to read about this unsun I read this with my 9th grade English class, and we all loved it! It's well-researched and inspiring but poorly edited, unfortunately. When I heard the synopsis of the story, I couldn't believe that it's not a more popular book in the South. One of my students said that it's the best book he's ever read, and another commented that he can't believe this is a true story. The hero of this story is quite a private man in real life, so I'm glad that my students got the chance to read about this unsung hero with a background that they can identify with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judith Saltiel

    This is such an inspirational story of a kind young man at a difficult time in his life. He made the choice to be good and people were good to him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacie Vaughan

    I remember hearing about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on our local news 6 years ago. My heart went out to all the people of New Orleans and surrounding area. I remember being shocked at just how bad it really was. When I got the offer to review Beck McDowell’s book, Last Bus Out, I knew I just had to read this book. Courtney Mile’s story about how he endured Hurricane Katrina and helped hundreds of people was one that piqued my interest and I wanted to experience what he went through firs I remember hearing about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on our local news 6 years ago. My heart went out to all the people of New Orleans and surrounding area. I remember being shocked at just how bad it really was. When I got the offer to review Beck McDowell’s book, Last Bus Out, I knew I just had to read this book. Courtney Mile’s story about how he endured Hurricane Katrina and helped hundreds of people was one that piqued my interest and I wanted to experience what he went through first hand. Beck McDowell draws the reader in from the very first page and we learn what kind of person, Courtney Miles is. He is not your typical teenager and has already overcome huge hurdles in his life with his mother being in jail, absent father and not having enough money for food or shelter. I was amazed right from the start just how strong this boy really was. Courtney had a good head on his shoulders even though he lived in a rough neighbourhood and was surrounded by violence and illegal activities every single day. I liked him right from the start. I was captivated reading Courtney’s description of experiencing the actual hurricane as he lay huddled inside his girlfriends apartment with her family. It sounded absolutely terrifying. When Courtney left the next day to go back home, he was overwhelmed with all the destruction Hurricane Katrina left in her path. It was like a war zone. For days, the people in his town waited and waited for help to come because there was no electricity, no food or clean water and they were feeling hopeless. It was terrible actually and I couldn’t even imagine just how awful it must have been to wait for help that never came. Courtney didn’t have a driver’s license and had only driven a car a few times before, but he got the idea that he needed to DO SOMETHING! It was this initiative in Courtney that saved so many lives. Courtney and his friends ended up borrowing a few school buses and planned to fit as many people as they could in each and get the people to safety. They packed the bus really full and from the descriptions it was crazy just how tight and cramped that bus must have been. Still, Courtney had even more obstacles to face as he drove the people to shelter and food. The police and National Guard weren’t letting anyone out! Now this is what makes me really upset. They weren’t helping these people and they weren’t letting them leave either to find help themselves. It was terrible. Courtney ended up finding another way out and with luck on his side he ended up making it to Lafayette to the Cajundome where they had set up a shelter for people. What really made Courtney endearing and special is that he was true to his word. He saw people on the side of the road who were trying to get away as well. They were victims of the Ninth Ward, one of the heaviest hit areas of New Orleans. He knew there was no room left on the bus or he would have let them on. Courtney told these people he would come back for them and he did. I’m sure those people thought they were doomed and they were overjoyed when they saw Courtney come back in his big yellow school bus and bring them to safety. Courtney Miles is a true hero and his story touched my heart. I cried in many parts as I read through it. I actually had a hard time putting it down and read the book in two sittings. His a story of courage and shows the there are still people out there with good hearts who do care. Courtney Miles is one of those people and I recommend you read his story. It’s an amazing one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Let me admit to you that at first, I was very nervous reading this book. I have a brother who was in the Navy at the time of Hurricane Katrina and he has told me some horror stories of the things he had to do, and of the sheer number of people who needed help. He's also expressed to me frustration on how the media made it seem like the government was doing absolutely nothing, when that just wasn't the case. So, I was definitely afraid that this book would be just another book that didn't portray Let me admit to you that at first, I was very nervous reading this book. I have a brother who was in the Navy at the time of Hurricane Katrina and he has told me some horror stories of the things he had to do, and of the sheer number of people who needed help. He's also expressed to me frustration on how the media made it seem like the government was doing absolutely nothing, when that just wasn't the case. So, I was definitely afraid that this book would be just another book that didn't portray both sides of the story. And then...I was pleasantly surprised. This book is a must-read for everyone of all ages. It is about determination, family & survival and it is incredibly inspiring. Courtney Miles is a teenager without a driver's license living in one of the poorer sections of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. After waiting three days for help, Courtney takes it upon himself to drive a school bus full of neighbors, friends and strangers to safety. One aspect of this book that I loved was Courtney's religious beliefs. And it's because of his religion that he pretty much runs on faith throughout his entire ordeal. Everything is based on his idea that if it's God's Will, it will happen. His faith is also what makes his story even more incredible as he stops and picks up stranger after stranger on his journey to safety. When he finally arrives at an evacuation site, there were nearly 200 people on one school bus! All of the links and photos within the story work well to enhance your experience while reading. The book goes on to follow Courtney's journey after Katrina and it is one that will leave you feeling satisfied and glad to know that sometimes in life, there are REAL happy endings. :) 5 out of 5 stars Maria @GoodChoiceReading.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Last Bus Out; The True Story of Courtney Miles' Rescue of Over 300 People in Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath, is a book by Beck McDowell. It is the harrowing story of a teenage boy named Courtney Miles who is trying to better his life though the world around him keeps trying to bring him down. Then Hurricane Katrina hits and Courtney is faced with trying to flee Algiers. He makes a decision to commandeer a bus and eventually drives 300+ people to safety. The story then continues with Courtney and Last Bus Out; The True Story of Courtney Miles' Rescue of Over 300 People in Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath, is a book by Beck McDowell. It is the harrowing story of a teenage boy named Courtney Miles who is trying to better his life though the world around him keeps trying to bring him down. Then Hurricane Katrina hits and Courtney is faced with trying to flee Algiers. He makes a decision to commandeer a bus and eventually drives 300+ people to safety. The story then continues with Courtney and his struggles after the storm. This book was an easy and fast paced read. However, when reading about Courtney, I did feel that it had a false feel to it, like there needed to be more depth. But in reading the author's afterword, I understood that the book was put together from a series of interviews over the course of two years, and that Courtney probably held back quite a bit. The writing itself, however, was done well, and the details of the horrors were brought to light vividly. The research that went into the book as a whole was also apparent.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Elam

    I was immediately sucked in by this book. I intended to read the first chapter and go to sleep, but couldn't put it down. The pictures and links add to the emotional roller coaster and hearing the Nagin interview again had me in tears. I love New Orleans, Courtney, and this book. Read it! I was immediately sucked in by this book. I intended to read the first chapter and go to sleep, but couldn't put it down. The pictures and links add to the emotional roller coaster and hearing the Nagin interview again had me in tears. I love New Orleans, Courtney, and this book. Read it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    I was blown away by the details of Courtney Mile's life. What this young man did was truly incredible, but the stuff of his life and the world from which he comes are the most fascinating aspects of this book. McDowell does a beautiful job of telling Courtney's story. This book is a must read. I was blown away by the details of Courtney Mile's life. What this young man did was truly incredible, but the stuff of his life and the world from which he comes are the most fascinating aspects of this book. McDowell does a beautiful job of telling Courtney's story. This book is a must read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The is a powerful story of hope. The information researched for this story is something that should be shouted from the roof tops. There is hope in this troubled land. What an amazing story and such a great story to read during this Advent season.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Day

    A truly remarkable story extremely well written! Full review coming soon. Full review: http://www.paperbackdolls.com/2011/03... A truly remarkable story extremely well written! Full review coming soon. Full review: http://www.paperbackdolls.com/2011/03...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Recommended by friend from author's hometown, heartrending and inspiring. Brought hurricane Katrina home for me. Recommended by friend from author's hometown, heartrending and inspiring. Brought hurricane Katrina home for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Bonnie Reccomended

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I just couldn't get into reading this one, I think that's more because it isn't the kind of thing I would usually read than anything to do with the book though. I just couldn't get into reading this one, I think that's more because it isn't the kind of thing I would usually read than anything to do with the book though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Stop by my book blog site to read the review of Beck McDowell's book, Last Bus Out. "Hurricane Katrina & the Emergence of a High School Hero" - www.marianslibrary.wordpress.com Kathy Stop by my book blog site to read the review of Beck McDowell's book, Last Bus Out. "Hurricane Katrina & the Emergence of a High School Hero" - www.marianslibrary.wordpress.com Kathy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janet Lewis

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frances Bedel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miyahna.Breaux

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shane

  23. 5 out of 5

    Haley Petcher

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie Rae

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diona

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Cotten

  27. 5 out of 5

    gnarlyhiker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tyra Henderson

  29. 5 out of 5

    catherine richmond

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma Carr

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