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Julie T. Lamana

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Julie T. Lamana Upside Down In The Middle Of Nowhere
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Biographical note:

Julie T. Lamana lives with her family in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is her debut novel.

Main description:

Armani Curtis can think about only one thing: her tenth birthday. All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box. Turning ten is a big deal to Armani. It means she's older, wiser, more responsible. But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm. A powerful story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the miraculous power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.

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"A gripping story of survival."--Middle Shelf Magazine

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"A story that will grab avid and reluctant readers alike."--School Library Journal

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"Accomplished debut. full of touching, distressing detail."-Booklist

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"An enlightening glimpse into what life was like during Hurricane Katrina."--Library Media Connection

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"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research."--Kirkus Reviews

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"Can be used in the classroom to spark discussion of the local, state, and federal responses during and after Katrina."-VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

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"Experience vicariously the uncertainty of Armani and her siblings as their whole world is turned topsy-turvy."--Reading Today

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"Whether it's about war, or terrorism, or natural disasters, I have always believed that fiction tells a more layered and complete story of an earthshaking event than all television and newspaper reports combined.In Julie Lamana's novel of courage and survival, you don't just learn what happens to siblings trapped in the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, you feel it."-- Nancy Lamb,author of The Art and Craft of Storytelling and The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children

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A Junior Library Guild Selection


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