Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana

Upside Down in the Middle of NowhereSummary:  At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

Chronicle Books

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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Summary:  Saint is a a budding musician earning money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it’s because of Shadow that Saint’s still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits.  His search for Shadow brings him to his elderly neighbor’s home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran’s medication runs out, it’s up to Saint to save her life – and his beloved Shadow’s.

Penguin

Tennyson by Lesley M. M. Blume

Tennyson - coverSummary: After their mother abandons them during the Great Depression, eleven-year-old Tennyson Fontaine and her little sister Hattie are sent to live with their eccentric Aunt Henrietta in a decaying plantation house outside of New Orleans. 288 p., Alfred A. Knopf.

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