Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana introduces us to a family living in the Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, the area hardest hit when the levees holding back the Gulf broke open in Hurricane Katrina, devastating houses and leaving the people who had remained through the storm stranded on rooftops or drifting in filthy water. Armani was celebrating her tenth birthday with her parents, twin baby sister and brother, younger sister Sealy, older brother Georgie and new puppy Cricket when the storm hits and then a wall of water descends. Join them as they try to survive and stay together first in their attic, then the roof, until a boat carries them to land. But in the process Armani, Sealy and one of the twins are separated from the others and Armani must find the courage and strength to help her siblings find aid, and eventually try to reunite with their parents. Read to find out what it was really like to survive this disastrous hurricane through strength, love, street smarts and even some normal sibling clashes. Grade 4 and up.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.