Friday, January 27, 2012

Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley

Hooper is a puppy living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits the city. He is left behind by his human family and soon finds himself struggling to survive as his home is flooded. Hooper manages to survive the rising waters, dehydration and encounters with dangerous wild animals. But even after he is rescued he finds there are more challenges ahead, including trying to win over his new "dad" in New York City. This book is based on the real experiences of many animals who were stranded after Katrina devastated New Orleans. It is told from Hooper's point of view which is cute but too simplistic for my tastes. It definitely seems better suited to elementary school audiences than middle school.

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