Eleven-year-old Barry lives with his mom, dad and little sister Cleo in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Meteorologists didn't know just how bad the hurricane was going to be until the last minute, leaving thousands of people scrambling to evacuate the city. When Barry's little sister gets really sick, his family has to stay behind and try and wait out the storm. But as the levees break and the water levels start rising, where are Barry and his family supposed to go? This is a fictionalized account of a true catastrophic event.
The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.
Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.
At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?
Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.