Juvenile Fiction – When the Hurricane Came

When the Hurricane Came
Author: Nechama Liss-Levinson
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781470082536
Pages: 127
Published: May 2012

Nine-year-old Gertie and her family have to leave their home quickly when Hurricane Katrina is about to flood New Orleans. Gertie must leave behind her friends, her house, her “stuff” and life as she knew it before the storm. While spending the year in Memphis, Gertie figures out what’s really important in life, including family, friends, faith and helping to make the world a better place.

This novel, for children ages 8-11, is based on the author’s own volunteer experiences on two relief missions to New Orleans. As the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passes, we see how important it is for children to learn resilience in the face of life’s difficulties.

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