Drowned City


by Don Brown
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Brown’s sketchy-type drawings give the story the kind of rushed, unfinished feel that mirrors the topic, which is the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005. Small white text boxes update the reader at the start of each new day, calling attention to all that happened in the first few days of the tragedy. Many news stories that I personally remember did not go into detail of the sights, sounds, and especially smells, but Brown doesn’t let you forget what it was really like, without going overboard (though it’s not for the faint of heart). A quick read and easy to see why it was a Sibert Honor book this year! Brown also does a good job of reporting facts without adding in bias, but the facts point you toward your own conclusions about those in charge.

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