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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

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A ten-year-old girl learns the importance of family and community in this tale of love and hope set during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
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.
Praise for Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
"Lamana goes for and achieves realism here, carefully establishing the characters and setting before describing in brutal detail, beyond what is typical in youth literature, the devastating effects of Katrina—loss of multiple family members, reports of attacks in the Superdome, bodies drifting in the current and less-than-ideal shelter conditions. An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research." —Kirkus Reviews
"I recommend the book because I think it does a good job of capturing what life was like in New Orleans both before and after Katrina and because Armani's journey will give readers a lot to think about and discuss. But parents will want to know that it doesn't flinch when describing the death and destruction that hit New Orleans during that time and be cautious with younger, sensitive readers." —Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book

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Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC

Kindle Book

  • Release date: October 12, 2021

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781452130309
  • Release date: October 12, 2021

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781452130309
  • File size: 930 KB
  • Release date: October 12, 2021

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB ebook

Languages

English

Levels

ATOS Level:4.7
Lexile® Measure:750
Interest Level:4-8(MG)
Text Difficulty:3-4

A ten-year-old girl learns the importance of family and community in this tale of love and hope set during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
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.
Praise for Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
"Lamana goes for and achieves realism here, carefully establishing the characters and setting before describing in brutal detail, beyond what is typical in youth literature, the devastating effects of Katrina—loss of multiple family members, reports of attacks in the Superdome, bodies drifting in the current and less-than-ideal shelter conditions. An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research." —Kirkus Reviews
"I recommend the book because I think it does a good job of capturing what life was like in New Orleans both before and after Katrina and because Armani's journey will give readers a lot to think about and discuss. But parents will want to know that it doesn't flinch when describing the death and destruction that hit New Orleans during that time and be cautious with younger, sensitive readers." —Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book

Expand title description text
  • Details

    Publisher:
    Chronicle Books LLC

    Kindle Book
    Release date: October 12, 2021

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781452130309
    Release date: October 12, 2021

    EPUB ebook
    ISBN: 9781452130309
    File size: 930 KB
    Release date: October 12, 2021

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB ebook
  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    ATOS Level: 4.7
    Lexile® Measure: 750
    Interest Level: 4-8(MG)
    Text Difficulty: 3-4
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