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Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, arrives in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches and residents start to evacuate the city. Ranger meets Clare Porter, who is searching for her grandmother. Once Ranger helps Clare find Nana, he takes shelter with them at their home in the Lower Ninth Ward, and they wait for Clare's father to Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, arrives in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches and residents start to evacuate the city. Ranger meets Clare Porter, who is searching for her grandmother. Once Ranger helps Clare find Nana, he takes shelter with them at their home in the Lower Ninth Ward, and they wait for Clare's father to return from the gas station. But there's no sign of him as hours pass and the weather gets worse. The wind picks up and rain pours down. And when the levees break, floodwaters dangerously rise, and Clare and Nana are separated. Can Ranger help Clare navigate the flooded streets to safety and back to her family?


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Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, arrives in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches and residents start to evacuate the city. Ranger meets Clare Porter, who is searching for her grandmother. Once Ranger helps Clare find Nana, he takes shelter with them at their home in the Lower Ninth Ward, and they wait for Clare's father to Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, arrives in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches and residents start to evacuate the city. Ranger meets Clare Porter, who is searching for her grandmother. Once Ranger helps Clare find Nana, he takes shelter with them at their home in the Lower Ninth Ward, and they wait for Clare's father to return from the gas station. But there's no sign of him as hours pass and the weather gets worse. The wind picks up and rain pours down. And when the levees break, floodwaters dangerously rise, and Clare and Nana are separated. Can Ranger help Clare navigate the flooded streets to safety and back to her family?

30 review for Hurricane Katrina Rescue

  1. 3 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Ranger, a failed rescue dog (squirrels are so distracting!), has a first aid kit that sends him through time to help children who need him. In this latest installment, he is sent to the Ninth Ward to help out Clare Porter. Clare is home alone with her grandmother after her father has gone to get gas for the car so they can evacuate. Her mother and brother are already visiting relatives away from the city. Clare starts to panic when her father doesn't com Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Ranger, a failed rescue dog (squirrels are so distracting!), has a first aid kit that sends him through time to help children who need him. In this latest installment, he is sent to the Ninth Ward to help out Clare Porter. Clare is home alone with her grandmother after her father has gone to get gas for the car so they can evacuate. Her mother and brother are already visiting relatives away from the city. Clare starts to panic when her father doesn't come back, because her grandmother struggles with dementia and Clare remembers the stories her father had told about other storms that required the family to hack through the attic roof with an ax and wait there for rescue! As the waters begin to rise in the house and her father has still not returned, Clare puts together some provisions and takes her grandmother into the attic. It's hot and stuffy, and the smell of the sewage water rising is overwhelming. At one point, her grandmother is able to be taken by helicopter, but there isn't enough room for Clare. At least she has Ranger with her to wait. It seems like a good idea to make it to her father's row boat that is tied to a nearby shed and therefore bobbing in the dirty waters, and Clare is able to help several people get to the Superdome area before the boat is damaged. Because of Ranger's rescue dog abilities, she is soon reunited with both her grandmother and her father, so Ranger's work is done. This series does a nice job at covering a variety of historical events through the eyes of Ranger and a middle grade protagonist. While the difficulties are not downplayed, Katrina is not portrayed as too scary, and some of the survival tips Clare uses are good ones to know. Really, take bottled water with you even in the car on the way to the grocery, just in case! The author's notes at the end, complete with some black and white pictures of places mentioned, are very helpful in bringing this event, which occurred before most middle schoolers today were born, to life. Clare and her family are representative of the population of this area, and the notes also indicate that the Ninth Ward has not really made as much progress in bouncing back from the event as one would hope. There have been a good number of history books written about this time period, but not many for readers in elementary school. There is Brown's nonfiction graphic work Drowned City : Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, as well as many short nonfiction books about the event, as well as lots of fiction: Tarshis I Survived Hurricane Katrina, Herlong's Buddy, Wood's Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, Smith's Another Kind of Hurricane, , Volponi's Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans, Philbrick's Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina, Paley's Hooper Finds a Family: A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival Tale, Rhodes' The Ninth Ward, and Lamana's Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere. Interestingly enough, a disproportionate amount of these books involve dogs, so Ranger is in good company!

  2. 3 out of 5

    Mrs. MA

    While obviously unable to tell the whole story of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Messner still helps her young audience understand some of the issues that plagued the Lower Ninth in the days, weeks, & years following this disaster. Being the first Ranger in Time I have read, it was way better than I had guessed. It perfectly fills in for kids who loved Magic Tree House, but need more 'meat'. I can see students up to 5th grade enjoying this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth S

    I had a lot to learn about hurricanes and what it takes to survive them, and now I am one step further along. I've heard/read stories about rescuing people trapped on top of their houses and about people packing up and driving and things. But this is the first time I've read about being stuck in your house, watching the water rise, retreating to the attic, and then trying to find how to get out onto the roof. Thank you, Kate Messner.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Excellent historical details that helps young people feel like they were there. Well-researched and includes a historical note with photographs, suggestions for further reading, and the sources the author used while delving into the Hurricane and its aftermath.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria Gross

    Another page turner with every chapter ending in a cliff-hanger! I would highly recommend this book as a read-aloud. It's very educational, yet age appropriate to learn about real life events with a little fiction woven in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    I think this one is my favorite in the series!

  7. 3 out of 5

    Brenda

    Weather is a new unit at 3rd grade. This is a great resource and connection to current family stories about weather events they have experienced.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Great read Once I started I couldn’t put it down until I read every word to the very end! The kids at school are going to LOVE this one!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  10. 3 out of 5

    Kate

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terese Jones

  12. 3 out of 5

    Meghan Foley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  14. 3 out of 5

    Quinn

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Boyd

  18. 3 out of 5

    Caren

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Cowan

  21. 3 out of 5

    Sharie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Mastronardo

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  24. 3 out of 5

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  25. 3 out of 5

    Emily

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Alvine

  27. 3 out of 5

    Jake

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

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    Janna

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