Hurricane Song

Hurricane Song

by Paul Volponi
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Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi

When Miles's mother remarries, Miles decides to move to New Orleans to be with his father. But he and his father are very different?Miles's dad lives for jazz, while Miles's first love is football. Then Hurricane Katrina hits, and the two must seek refuge in the Superdome. What would normally be a dream come true for a football fan, this safe haven turns into a nightmare when the power fails and gangs take over. And when his father decides to rebel, Miles must make a choice that will alter their relationship? and their lives?forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440632488
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/12/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,190,564
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
File size: 642 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Paul Volponi is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Black&White. From 1992 to 1998, he taught adolescents on Rikers Island in New York City to read and write. Mr. Volponi worked at a day treatment center like Daytop teaching students and helping them prepare for the GED. Mr. Volponi lives in New York City.

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Hurricane Song 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Miles has been living in Chicago with his mother and has recently moved to New Orleans to live with his father. His father left the family years ago to play jazz music. Miles knows that his father's life is his music, but when his mother remarried and the family in Chicago increased by three kids, he knew he had no choice. Taking a chance on his father seemed like the only way to go. So far, the two months father and son have spent together haven't been all that great. Miles is looking forward to playing football and maybe even making the varsity team at his new school. Unfortunately, he knows he probably won't see his dad at any of his games. His dad can't even remember that it's football Miles plays and not basketball. When news that a huge hurricane is heading toward New Orleans reaches them, Miles, his father, and his uncle pile into the car with the idea of heading toward Baton Rouge and higher ground. The traffic is terrible, and the car soon overheats, leaving them stranded on the highway. As the storm gets closer, their only option is to follow the rest of the evacuees to the shelter at the Superdome. In the several days Miles and his family spend at the Superdome, the storm batters the exterior of the massive building while the interior suffers from a "storm" of its own. When tired, frightened people are crowded into a facility not equipped to handle the situation, there are bound to be problems. In those few days, Miles experiences horribly unsanitary conditions, watches as thugs threaten, beat, and steal from innocent people, and sees death and suffering no person should ever have to witness. Most of us watched the drama of Katrina unfold on our TVs, but Miles's experience brings us the reality of the actual storm and those first days afterward. Sadly, many are still suffering and trying to recover years later. Everyone should read this book as a reminder that our country reacted poorly in the early stages of the disaster, and even at this late date, not enough has been done to help rebuild the lives of so many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brianna didn't know where Mantala or Ezumalid might have gone. "Please guys, I need to show you guys something," Brianna told Wenalt and Dion. Dion reluctantly came but Wenalt didn't. Brianna had seen hoofprints where they started from the campfire. "Wait," Wenalt was thinking,"I think this MIGHT be a trap or the wrong direction because the other night, I couldn't get sleep so I headed over a tree to think and I saw hoofs leading off to another place." Brianna and probably were both puzzled and confused. "Please,"Wenalt put his hand to his head and said,"Don't you remember the guards searching for any clues? Well if you do, I saw them ride off in the same direction you indicated, Brianna. The soldiers with Ezumalid went in the direction I indicated. How about me and Brianna search for Mantala where the direction the soldiers searching left and you, Dion, go in the direction where I'll show you next where Ezumalid got captured?" They both nodded. Brianna agreed to wait at the campsite. As Wenalt went to show Dion, he realized something. The tracks ere gone. "What? They had to" Wenalt frantically searched around. "Wenalt, they were days ago! They probably got dusted over! I'll go searching anyway," and then Dion disappeared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why there isn't an actual sample of the book. What is the point in offering a sample, if you are'nt going to let the viewer read aa little of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a review. This is my message to that little idiot wasting review space with his stupid Warriors RPs. Stop it, you are annoying all of us looking for actual reviews!
dhsfastlane More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that this is a really good book. The whole time i was reading it i was excited about what was going to happen next. I loved how they made a book that disscusses this wild and destructing hurricane. I think this is most likely one of the best books ive ever seen. Its kind of slow, but all together it comes out spectacular. Dont get me wrong though Paul Volponi could have talked about the society and how people use different race as an excuse to act in such a manner in this book. To me this is a book i would recomend to everyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like VOYA says in its review-- This is either the best YA book of 2008 or the most important. I agree.
Tirlee More than 1 year ago
One of the recurring themes was race, and it should have been explored more. Paul Volponi should have dug deeper and written more about how racism affects our society today and what it means to be a specific race. It was still an okay book though, I just think that it could have been better.