C. Ray Nagin

'Another Kind of Hurricane,' 'Drowned City' take on Katrina

'Another Kind of Hurricane,' 'Drowned City' take on Katrina

This month marks the 10th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history: the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans, Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Today's middle schoolers were too young at the time to have experienced the cultural debates that raged long after the floodwaters receded. Two new books aim to introduce older kids and adolescents to Katrina, transforming shared tragedy through shared hope.

Tamara Ellis Smith's "Another Kind of Hurricane" (Schwartz & Wade Books: 336 pp., $16.99, ages 9-12) is the story of Zavion, who loses his home during the storm's rising floodwaters, and Henry, who loses his best friend during a...