New York Times Hurricane Force

New York Times

Joseph B. Treaster


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August 29, 2005
Peering through the latticed brickwork of The New Orleans police headquarters parking garage, New York Times journalist Joseph B. Treaster is watching the devastating power of a hurricane up close. Packing winds of 118 miles per hour, Hurricane Katrina is attacking New Orleans, uprooting trees, tearing down power lines, and flattening homes. Inside headquarters, phones are ringing off the hook as more and more people, trapped by the rising floodwaters, call for help. But rescue workers cannot leave the safety of the building until the hurricane has passed. From this harrowing vantage point, Treaster is poised to report on what may prove to be the most infamous storm in American history.

But as with all hurricanes, the story of this storm began weeks before, off the coast of North Africa. Treaster details the evolution of the storm as it unfolds in the sky above the Caribbean Sea and is anxiously tracked by the National Weather Bureau in Florida before it strikes. This is a complete behind-the-scenes account of one of nature's most terrifying and fascinating disasters.

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Chapter One
New Orleans, 2005
I t was an awesome storm. Howling gusts tore at the roof of the New Orleans
Superdome, peeling away long, narrow strips that sailed out of sight in a
loopy trajectory in the wind and rain. Inside, thousands of people were
camped on the playing field, the tiers of seats, and in the raw cement
corridors. Rain poured in. People were soaked and shivering. But the worst
was yet to come.
Hurricane Katrina had roughed up the outskirts of Miami and now it was
hammering New Orleans—wrecking the city and setting

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Praise for New York Times Hurricane Force

Treaster's use of personal accounts keeps the reader's attention and ensures that the book will not just be read to fulfill school assignments.

School Library Journal
If you already own such well-researched and attractive titles as Patricia Lauber's Hurricanes(Scholastic, 1996) and/or Seymour Simon's Hurricanes(HarperCollins, 2003), you might think you could do without this. Think again.n

Kirkus Reviews
There are many books on the subject of hurricanes, but the personal experience enriches this one and makes it particularly appealing for middle-school readers.

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About the Author

Joseph B. Treaster

Joseph B. Treaster has been a reporter for The New York Times for more than thirty years. When Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans, he was one of only a handful of journalists inside the city. He has won numerous awards for his international journalism and is also the author of a book for adults. Treaster lives in New York City.

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New York Times Hurricane Force
Joseph B. Treaster


April 2007
ISBN: 9780753460863
ISBN10: 0753460866
Young Adult Nonfiction
9 1/2 x 7 7/10 inches, 128 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up

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