Children's LiteraturePart of Enslow's "Deadly Disasters" series, this book provides a solid overview of Hurricane Katrina's destructive path across Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana in August 2005. Worst hit was New Orleans, a city of jazz and food, which sits below sea level. As the world now knows, New Orleans' levees, designed to protect the historic city from the bodies of water that surround it on three sides, were woefully inadequate. Readers will learn the characteristics of hurricanes, as well as the secondary threats that follow them, such as storm surges, tornadoes, and flooding. They will also learn the fate of city residents who chose not to evacuate, despite repeated warnings to do so. Some did not believe the warnings. But others, like the tens of thousands in New Orleans, stayed in their homes because of age, finances, health, or lack of transportation. Of particular interest is the writer's information on rescue attempts made after Katrina. She also highlights the failures of government officials to act quickly enough, and the lessons they learned that may help cities to evacuate quicker in the future. The text is educational, but the photos and quotes, from hurricane victims, government officials, and experts, give readers insight into how individual Americans dealt with this deadly disaster. Includes research sources, a glossary, and further reading section. 2006, Enslow Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.