Catch-up Post: Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith

I read this one over the summer. I’ll have to do a reread for a better memory of the book, but this is what I wrote in an assignment of mine:

If you liked how Ivy worked to help others even during her own time of stress…

Try Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith. In this book, Hurricane Katrina brings two boys together. Zavion and his father must escape their New Orleans home during the havoc of the hurricane in 2005. They lose everything except each other. Thousands of miles away in Vermont, Henry loses his best friend Wayne in a terrible accident. All he has left of Wayne is the marble they traded back and forth for luck. When Henry’s mom accidentally donates the marble in a pair of Henry’s jeans to victims of Hurricane Katrina, Henry has to go to New Orleans to find it. Will Henry heal? Can Zavion ever feel like he’s on solid ground? Read to find out!

Note: This book has some strong language for a 4th-6th grade level book. In the time following his friend’s death, Henry is upset, and he use some minor swear words (“freaking,” “crap,” “damn,” and “pissed”) when overcome with emotion.

Ellis Smith, Tamara (author). (2015). Another kind of hurricane. New York: Schwartz &   Wade/Random House. Hardcover: $16.42 ( ISBN: 978-0-553-51193-2. 336pp. Ages 9-12 (Kirkus Reviews).

Kirkus Reviews. (2015, April 15). Another kind of hurricane [Review of the book             Another Kind of Hurricane]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from    hurricane/

I really felt like the kids sounded “real,” which is key when recommending a book to a child! This book involves some tough stuff, but it’s definitely worth a read.


  • Historical Fiction

Major Things:

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Accidents



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