A Place Where Hurricanes Happen
written by Reneé Watson
Random House • 2010
available in paperback

Natural and man-made disasters are becoming more commonplace in children’s lives, and this touching free-verse picture book provides a straightforward account of Hurricane Katrina. In alternating voices, four friends describe their lives before, during, and after the storm and how, even though the world can change in a heartbeat, people define the character of their community and offer one another comfort and hope even in the darkest hours.

Renée Watson’s lyrical free verse is perfectly matched in Shadra Strickland’s vivid mixed media art. Together they celebrate the spirit and resiliency of New Orleans, especially its children.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CBCC) Choices
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

School Library Journal
“This is one of the best books for children to come out of the tragedy of Katrina.”

“In vibrant, mixed-media images, award-winning illustrator Strickland extends the drama, feeling, and individual stories.”