Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere Armani Curtis can think about only one thing her tenth birthday All her friends are coming to her party her mama is making a big cake and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box Turning t

  • Title: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
  • Author: Julie T. Lamana
  • ISBN: 9781452124568
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Armani Curtis can think about only one thing her tenth birthday All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box Turning ten is a big deal to Armani It means she s older, wiser, responsible But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten meArmani Curtis can think about only one thing her tenth birthday All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box Turning ten is a big deal to Armani It means she s older, wiser, responsible But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm A powerful story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the miraculous power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.

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    1. I won an advance copy of Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere in a giveaway. I requested it because I enjoy middle grade fiction and disaster stories - especially tales of the hurricane that bore my name. It turned out to be the best giveaway book I've read so far.I didn't intend to, but I blew through the whole book in a day. It's almost impossible to put down! I love that the children come from a variety of home types (nuclear family, single-parent, foster care) and that it doesn't seem contr [...]

    2. کتاب رو تقریبا یک نفس خوندم. خیلی برام جذاب بود و عالی یه بحران رو به تصویر کشیده بود.وسط ناکجاآباد به صورت اول شخص، از زبان دختری در آستانه‌ی ده سالگی به نام آرمانی روایت می‌شه که دیدگاه خاصی به زندگی و افراد دور و برش داره و ذهنیتاش در طول داستان زیر و رو می‌شه.شخصیت‌پردازی [...]

    3. Boy was this book a train wreck. I'm disappointed I didn't enjoy this more- especially considering the important topic of Hurricane Katrina. It's clear that heavy-hitting realistic themes should be more prevalent in MG/kid lit, but this just wasn't the way to go about it. Armani is so excited for her tenth birthday- it's all she can think about. When her family discovers that a storm is coming, they make no attempt whatsoever to evacuate. (Armani even makes a plea to her brother to not tell thei [...]

    4. Katrina books always get me, and there were tears during this one too. The narration of 10-year-old Armani is honest, brave, and funny (at times), and the setting is completely realistic and captures the terror, chaos, tension, despair, and hope of post-Katrina New Orleans. I was moved in more ways than one.*I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

    5. OK, so as a teen librarian in Louisiana, I've had to read an ungodly number of Katrina books. This was definitely the best of them because it didn't sugarcoat the issue for kids, and the story was definitely compelling.

    6. As the weekend approaches, bringing with it the threat of a hurricane heading toward New Orleans in August 2005, all Armani Curtis can think about is her upcoming tenth birthday. She doesn't tell her father about the evacuation plans of a neighbor, which ultimately leads to tragedy. While readers are certain to debate her actions, one thing that anyone living in New Orleans knows for sure is that the whole city shuts down when a hurricane threatens. Her parents surely knew that Katrina was on it [...]

    7. کتاب خوبی بود. برای منی که چندین چند وقته مسئله‌ی "از دست دادن" دغدغه‌ی ذهنیم شده کتاب قابل باوری بود و تونستم باهاش ارتباط زیادی برقرار کنم. بلایای طبیعی و جنگ درسته شاید با هم اشتراک‌های زیادی داشته باشن ولی نمی‌دونم چرا برای من یکی بلایای طبیعی زشت نیست. غم‌انگیز و تراژیک [...]

    8. Armani Curtis has one thing on her mindcelebrating her 10th birthday in a big way. But, when one of our country's costliest and biggest disasters strikes on her birthday, staying alive and keeping her family close becomes the most important thing on the family's mind. Her father decides to ignore the state of Louisiana's advice to evacuate the Ninth Ward in hopes that the storm will take another course we all know now, Hurricane Katrina had her eyes set on New Orleans. As waters rise quickly, Ar [...]

    9. Received as an Early Review copy, I was mesmerized from the first to the last page. This is the first book written by the author, and her debut is a stunning, well written tale of the heartbreak and struggles of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.Nine year old Armani is a member of a large, loving family. When news of an impending massive storm is approaching, the only thing Armani worries about is her tenth birthday. When neighbors pack up to evacuate, Armani deliberately does not tell family me [...]

    10. This is the fourth middle grade book I've read in the last year that deals with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. The others are Ninth Ward, Buddy, and Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina. All 4 books are somewhat alike in that each has a ten to twelve year old main character who lives with or is visiting family in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest hit areas of New Orleans. Each of these stories gives us a different POV and another glimpse of the horror and the devastation that was [...]

    11. I won this through a give-away and am glad I did. This is a powerful story about surviving Hurricane Katrina. Ten year old Armani is believable as a smart, stubborn, strong-will girl who finds herself alone and in charge of taking care of her two younger sisters. She is determined to keep the three of them together no matter what, which leads to her not trusting strangers she should trust. I loved Armani's close-knit and loving family. It was delightful to see the interaction between her parent [...]

    12. I read Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere in about three days. It wasn't my plan to finish it so quickly, and I certainly had plenty of other things that I needed to be doing, but more than anything I needed to finish this book. This book is set in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The main character, Armani, and her family -- her twin baby brother and sister, younger sister, and older brother live in a house in the Ninth Ward with her parents and grandmother. While the f [...]

    13. Armani Curtis and her family live in the Lower Nines of New Orleans. They've heard that a storm is coming, but Armani begs her parents to stay in town because her birthday party is on Sunday -- the same day Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in New Orleans. Armani's birthday quickly shifts from celebration to a scramble for her family's lives as the levees break and they must outrun the wall of water coming toward their house.Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Terrifying yet beautiful. This middle grade d [...]

    14. “Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” is a book centered around the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina. The book tells you about the horrors some families had to go through,all the while explaining it through a ten-year-old girl’s point of view. In the story when the storm first started it wasn’t that bad, but as soon as it stopped for about five minutes it started to get bad. Armani had first been entrusted with helping her mom on the with the twins, and taking care of her new puppy. Pre [...]

    15. This book was excellent. When Katrina hit, I was just starting my 2 week honeymoon. As I read this book, it tore at my heart to know that while I was enjoying an amazing time in my life, the struggles like the ones Armani faced were going on for thousands and thousands of people.This is a touching story about the Katrina tragedy through the eyes of a child of 10. The story is incredible, and my heart strings began to be tugged just a few chapters in. I don't want to spoil anything that occurs in [...]

    16. Reading about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is never easy, but for some reason I went into this one thinking, "Well's a middle grade novel. I'm sure everything will turn out okay."And then I remembered that Katrina showed no mercy to anyone--not Memaws, not Mamas, not Daddys, not babies. Armani has an incredible, authentic voice. She is funny and brave, and she and her family are SO LIKABLE. Watching them face each new challenge and devastation is ROUGH.Prepare to have your heart broken. Br [...]

    17. Armani is a spunky young girl lived in New Orleans. It's her 10th birthday and she is super excited to celebrate it with her Meemaw (Grandma), mom and dad, her brother and sister and her twin baby siblings. But a storm is brewing, Hurricane Katrina, and Armani just wants to celebrate and ignore the storm. But when disaster strikes, can her family stay together in the face of disaster? This was a cute, but sad book and I really enjoyed the action sequences during the storm. I felt as though the l [...]

    18. Wonderful book about a little girl named Armani who "just made 10" and her experience during Hurricane Katrina. Lamana pulls no punches -- this is a wrenching read, tho it does sweeten up a bit in the end. However, the emotional stakes are high, the choices Armani has to make are brutal and there are dire consequences. Amazing middle grade read -- I loved Lamana's portrayal of Armani's family so much, I hope she writes more books about kids in New Orleans who are not in grave danger.

    19. Okay, I wasn't even prepared for loving this book so much. I want to press it into the hands of all my teacher and librarian friends and insist they read it out loud to their students. It's magnificent, and I cried so hard - in public - reading it. The ending seemed quick, but they may have been because I didn't want it to end ever.

    20. I simply could not put this book down! I was lucky enough to have it gifted to me and feel privileged to have been one of the first to have read it. This is far from the type of genre I normally read so was slightly sceptical at first however I was hooked from the first chapter. Amazing story, brilliantly written. Make this one a must read for 2014!!!

    21. Oh man, what a story. I love it. The actual storm is terrifying enough, but the real heartbreak starts in the post-Katrina aftermath. It's a devastating book, really and I'm really glad that I read it. Armani (I think I spelled it correctly?) is such a brave character.

    22. I finished this book in two evenings; it was so hard to put down the first night! Thank you for introducing me to Armani, her family and friends. My heart smiled, cried, and smiled again. What a wonderful book, written by a wonderful author. I was honored to read it.

    23. All of life changes for Armani on her 10th birthday. That was the day Katrina began its devastation of New Orleans and her people. Armani tells her story in the midst of tragedy, helplessness, hopelessness, and courage.

    24. Received the ARC through Edelweiss.A difficult read because of the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, but worth it. Armani is an amazing character. Her personal journey in one week from 9 year old child, to responsible 10 year holding her family together is inspirational.

    25. This is a really good book about a 10 year old girl in the middle of hurricane Katrina and what she went through to survive. It’s one of my favorite books ever, and I really really really recommend it. So happy it’s a Caudill nominee for 2019!!

    26. I almost cried. I read it at school, all the way to my cross country meet, back from the meet, and in bed. I COULD NOT STOP. The style of writing is wonderful-- it just sucked me in and I could imagine everything that was going on because the writing was so descriptive!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    27. Armani can't wait for her 10th birthday and it's almost here! The day before her birthday their next door neighbors pack up their possessions and leave. The father instructs Armani and her brother Georgie to tell their father that they should evacuate as well. Armani begs her brother not to say anything until after her birthday party the following day.The following day Hurricane Katrina hits with a vengeance. Armani and her family are trapped in their home, scrambling for the attic, then the roo [...]

    28. Review originally posted here at Children's Atheneum.Armani Curtis is about to turn ten years old. Living in the Lower Nines of New Orleans, all the adults seem to care about though is the hurricane Katrina chugging away in the Gulf Coast. Intent on having her birthday party, Armani doesn't tell her papa about the neighbors who are getting out of town and she ignores her Memaw who frets over the storm. However, when the hurricane changes course, heading straight for New Orleans, no one can ignor [...]

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