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Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a twelve-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. 

Zane Dupree is a charismatic twelve-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina’s wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl—both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the reader. Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in US history, Philbrick includes the lawlessness and lack of government support during the disaster as well as the generosity and courage of those who risked their lives and safety to help others. Here is an unforgettable novel of heroism in the face of truly challenging circumstances.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The myriad horrors of [Hurricane] Katrina, large and small, are cataloged in detail…The novel’s plot unfolds with the detailed precision of scrimshaw.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A boy’s visit to meet his great-grandmother for the first time turns into a nightmare when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans…Vivid descriptions of the toxic waters, the commotion at the Superdome, and racial tension are handled factually yet sensitively. Information about unique New Orleans customs, including ‘jazz funerals,’ its history of biracialism, and accents are occasionally inserted. The fast bond among Zane, Malvina, and Tru is believably drawn. A time line and facts about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath are included.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Zane’s first-person account is tense and authentically youthful as the group paddles through the flooded streets of New Orleans seeking refuge. Philbrick vividly portrays the destruction and multitude of threats facing citizens stuck in the city, along with undercurrents of racial and social tension that didn’t wash away with the levees.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An appropriately serious and occasionally gruesome tale of surviving Hurricane Katina, buoyed by large doses of hope and humor…Careful attention to detail in representations of the storm, the city, and local dialect give this tale a realistic feel. Zane’s perspective as an outsider allows Philbrick to weave in social commentary on race, class, greed, and morality, offering rich fodder for reflection and discussion. This compelling story of Katrina is like the floodwaters it describes: quickly moving, sometimes treacherous, and sometimes forgiving, with a lot going on beneath the surface.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Philbrick examines issues of race and class with a deft hand (Zane is of mixed race himself), letting the story unfold directly and leaving moralizing to the reader. Though the convenience of a few plot points strains credibility, the tight prose, harrowing pace, and resonant relationships will appeal to a broad audience.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of YA Books for April 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Narrator

Jerry Dixon is an actor and composer who is best known for his roles in The Peacemaker, Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore, and Seinfeld.