Another Kind of Hurricane

Tamara Ellis Smith. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-553-51193-2
Two 10-year-old boys, Zavion and Henry, live 1600 miles apart in New Orleans and in Vermont; facing separate tragedies, they become connected by a treasured marble and by the power of their grief. After Zavion loses his home to Hurricane Katrina, he and his father move to a temporary home in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, Henry’s best friend Wayne has a fatal accident while hiking on a mountain trail. Debut author Smith handles the aftermath of both events tenderly, as well as how they begin to unite the characters: Henry loses a marble that he and Wayne shared when his mother donates his jeans to a New Orleans charity; Henry hitches a ride to the city with a volunteer in an attempt to find the marble. Meanwhile, Zavion stows away in a bird rescue van back to New Orleans. Smith sensitively depicts both Henry’s rage toward the mountain he loved for betraying him and Zavion’s consuming feeling of obligation to the home that has vanished. As the boys’ paths converge, their stories are gracefully laced together and their individual communities are vividly imagined. Ages 9–12. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 07/14/2015
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 336 pages - 978-0-553-51194-9
Ebook - 327 pages - 978-0-553-51195-6
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