Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana


Publisher’s Summary:
Armani Curtis can think about only one thing: her tenth birthday. All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box. Turning ten is a big deal to Armani. It means she’s older, wiser, more responsible. But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm. A powerful story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the miraculous power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.

For Ages: 8 to 12

This is a powerful and emotional story about a 10-year-old girl living in the Lower Ninth Ward when Hurricane Katrina rips right through New Orleans. Whatever description I write won’t do this book justice. I’m sure there is so much more to be said about the tragic and devastating events that unfolded late in August 2005, but this is an excellent book for young readers to get a realistic point of view of what it was to be a child in New Orleans at that very moment in time. The author does an excellent job bringing her characters to life. We felt every fear, every smile and every tear. I read this to my 10-year-old at bedtime. She begged me to keep reading every night.

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