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Another Kind of Hurricane

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Another Kind of Hurricane

ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE by first-time novelist Tamara Ellis Smith is an emotional book about loss, friendship and kindness. The story mainly toggles between the viewpoint of Henry and Zavion. Henry deals with the loss of his best friend, Wayne. Zavion deals with the loss of his mom and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. 
 
Henry and Wayne used to pass a special marble back and forth when one of them needed a dose of good luck. Henry realizes he left the marble in the pocket of a pair of jeans --- jeans that his mom donated to the Katrina relief efforts. Wayne’s dad, who is going to New Orleans to deliver supplies, offers to take Henry with him to find it.
 
Meanwhile, Zavion learns the hard lessons of survival. He and his dad have to abandon their flooded house, steal candy bars, steal a car and live with another family in another town. Zavion receives the Henry’s jeans and immediately feels the magic of the marble. It gives him the courage to go back to the heart of New Orleans and repay the store owner for the candy bars he stole.  It’s in that store that the two boys meet, eventually learn of each other’s losses and become friends.
 
It’s amazing how the characters travel through their personal journeys and find comfort and friendship during a time that is hard to imagine ever recovering from. 
 
ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE highlights how people come together during difficult times. It’s amazing how the characters travel through their personal journeys and find comfort and friendship during a time that is hard to imagine ever recovering from. 
 
I read the author’s notes with interest. Tamara Ellis Smith experienced the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in her home state of Vermont and she became fast friends with a stranger who offered to clean her mud-soaked laundry. 
 
Tamara also explains that the idea of ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE came about when her son asked who would receive the jeans she was donating to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She began researching the hurricane, and many of the characters in the book were based on real people she discovered. I found it really touching that these people made such an impression on her that she wove their stories into hers. To learn more about the author, visit her website at www.tamaraellissmith.com. 

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on July 13, 2015

Another Kind of Hurricane
by Tamara Ellis Smith

  • Publication Date: July 14, 2015
  • Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult 9+
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • ISBN-10: 0553511939
  • ISBN-13: 9780553511932