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Kathryn Reads KidLit

I am an upper elementary teacher who loves reading and sharing books with my students and fellow educators.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere - Julie T. Lamana The first 3/4 of the book I felt were very realistic (obviously having never lived through anything like that!) and I think that students will definitely have a better sense of what a tragedy like the bursting of the levees can have. The chaos, confusion, and raw nerves are presented in a very believable way from the perspective of a 10 year old girl. I wasn't thrilled with the last 1/4 of the book, but I think that is the nature of me as a reader, not necessarily a reflection on the book. There is death and dead bodies, but nothing real graphic and an alcoholic, briefly abusive, uncle who has a minor role. Grades 4+ Read June, 2014