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The gripping story of a boy, a dog and a hurricane

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it's because of Shadow that Saint's still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits. Saint's not worried about the hurricane at first--he plans to live to be a hundred just to defy his palm-reader friend Jupi, who told him he had a short life line. But now the city has been ordered to evacuate and Saint won't leave without Shadow. His search brings him to his elderly neighbor's home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran's medication runs out, it's up to Saint to save her life--and his beloved Shadow's.

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"Set in New Orleans during the week leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, Woods's novel introduces Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, an 11-year-old resident of the city's Tremé neighborhood. Named after both his grandfather and the jazz musician, Saint (an accomplished clarinet player, not a trumpeter) has a 'mostly good' life before the storm, with close ties to his parents and his tight-knit community, including a neighborhood dog, Shadow. When evacuation of the city becomes mandatory, Saint is supposed to leave town with his extended family, but he returns to his neighborhood to search for Shadow and winds up caring for his diabetic elderly neighbor, Miz Moran, as the levees break and the streets flood. While Woods (A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) concludes on a realistically uncertain note, the contrivances that allow for the book's perhaps too-happy ending (including a dream sequence and some unlikely efforts on Shadow's part) shield readers from the more devastating realities of the disaster. Still, Saint is an easy protagonist to love, and his reunion with his parents remains gratifying. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A boy, a dog, and New Orleans' most famous hurricane

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists, and his best friend is a stray dog named Shadow. At first Saint is sure that Hurricane Katrina will be just like the last one--no big deal. But then the city is ordered to evacuate and Saint refuses to leave without Shadow. Saint and Shadow flee to his neighbor's attic--and soon enough it's up to Saint to save them all.

About the Author

Brenda Woods is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor winner The Red Rose Box. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399255076
Author:
Woods, Brenda
Publisher:
Nancy Paulsen Books
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 21st Century
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.72 x 5.12 x 0.4 in 0.27 lb
Age Level:
from 10 up to AND UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in New Orleans during the week leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, Woods's novel introduces Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, an 11-year-old resident of the city's Tremé neighborhood. Named after both his grandfather and the jazz musician, Saint (an accomplished clarinet player, not a trumpeter) has a 'mostly good' life before the storm, with close ties to his parents and his tight-knit community, including a neighborhood dog, Shadow. When evacuation of the city becomes mandatory, Saint is supposed to leave town with his extended family, but he returns to his neighborhood to search for Shadow and winds up caring for his diabetic elderly neighbor, Miz Moran, as the levees break and the streets flood. While Woods (A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) concludes on a realistically uncertain note, the contrivances that allow for the book's perhaps too-happy ending (including a dream sequence and some unlikely efforts on Shadow's part) shield readers from the more devastating realities of the disaster. Still, Saint is an easy protagonist to love, and his reunion with his parents remains gratifying. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A boy, a dog, and New Orleans' most famous hurricane

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists, and his best friend is a stray dog named Shadow. At first Saint is sure that Hurricane Katrina will be just like the last one--no big deal. But then the city is ordered to evacuate and Saint refuses to leave without Shadow. Saint and Shadow flee to his neighbor's attic--and soon enough it's up to Saint to save them all.

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