I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005
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Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.
At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?
bottle of water. She filled a cup for Cruz and held it while he lapped the water up. Barry gulped down his water, almost choking at first. When he was finished, he took a deep breath. He opened his mouth to say thank you, but the only sound that came out was a sob. Suddenly tears were pouring down his face. He turned away from Nell. She had called him a brave soul. So why couldn’t he act brave? He was finally off that roof. But now all the terror he’d felt those past hours came back to him,
somehow Barry had grabbed hold of the tree. With every bit of strength in his body, he’d pulled himself out of the water and wrapped his arms and legs around the trunk. Now he was holding on, with no idea what to do next. Wind howled around him. Rain hammered down. And all Barry could see was water. Swirling, foaming, rushing water. The water had washed away his whole neighborhood. Pieces of it floated by. In the dirty gray light, Barry saw jagged hunks of wood, shattered glass, a twisted
say good-bye. No matter how much time they spent together, it always felt like there was one more idea to talk about, one more joke to tell before they went their own ways. “Barry, honey, we’ve got to get ready!” Mom called. It was time. Jay raised his hand toward the sky, his pinky pointing up. It took Barry a few seconds to recognize the special move they’d invented for Akivo so the energy from his secret power star, Beta Draconis, could flow from his pinky into his heart. Barry raised
little pigs from the big bad wolf? Akivo! Now Barry put his face closer to his sister’s. “I think Akivo will be waiting for us in Houston tonight,” he said. He hated tricking Cleo, but it wasn’t really a lie. Akivo was always appearing in Barry’s dreams. Maybe Cleo would dream about him too. “To retect us?” “That’s right,” Barry said. “He will protect us.” Cleo gave another big, messy sniff and then nodded bravely. “I won’t cry,” she whispered. She held out her arms so Barry could pick her
York the past summer. An hour into the flight, they had flown into a thunderstorm. How that airplane bounced up and down! It felt like a giant hand was dribbling the plane like a basketball. Flashes of lightning exploded in the sky. A woman sitting across from Barry burst into tears. The pilot made everyone sit down, even the stewardesses. The plane rattled so badly Barry was sure one of the wings would fall off. And in all that commotion, Dad had just sat there, reading his book. A few times