Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brown, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans.

Brown, Don.  Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans.  Houghton Mifflin/ Harcourt Brace   2015  96p   $18.99  ISBN 978-0-544-15777-4  ms/hs  Graphic nonfiction  E-BN   

Drowned City is a powerful portrayal of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.  Brown uses statistics and quotes paired with drawings in muted tones to convey the tragedy that occurred.  He covers the event from the initial winds gathering in Africa and the building storm to the evacuation, rescue, and aftermath.  The failures are discussed, including the evacuation busses and trains that left empty because many refused to leave, the lack of communication and action between government officials, and the looting.  The heroism of emergency personnel and citizens is demonstrated repeatedly.  This is a must-have for any secondary collection. Source notes and a bibliography are included. Highly recommended.

Summary: The impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans is illustrated in graphic-novel format.      

Hurricane Katrina, 2005                               --Stephanie Pennucci

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