Join us for an author talk and book signing by Tamara Ellis Smith, author of Another Kind of Hurricane, a middle grade novel about Hurricane Katrina. Kathi Appelt, author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp says of the book, "This poignant story barrels across the pages and into the reader's heart, reminding us that magic can arise from the deepest tragedy." In the wake of the recent flood and its disastrous consequences for our area, many have been looking back on Hurricane Katrina, and the stories and narratives of this other natural disaster can often ring true to our own personal tragedies here in Livingston Parish. We look forward to hosting Tamara Ellis Smith, and we hope to see you there!
About the book: In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident come together to find healing. A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of this beautiful, poignant book. When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in northern Vermont, tragically loses his best friend, Wayne, he flees to ravaged New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts and to search for a marble that was in the pocket of a pair of jeans donated to the Red Cross.
In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters--a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident--come together to find healing.