I would recommend this book for use in the classroom. I think it would share some of our countries very important history. I think it would be appropriate for middle school and high school age children. I feel it is a book that you could get the kids to read and it would keep their attention and it would not turn into a book that they would not read and learn nothing from.
A.D. New Orleans after the Deluge is a nonfiction graphic novel that was written by Josh Neufeld. The book tells the stories of a handful of real life New Orleans residents and their personal experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book draws upon interviews with actual people represented in the story: newspaper, magazine and blog accounts of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its affects that it had on New Orleans in days to follow the natural disaster. The book also shares the authors own experiences that he had as a Red Cross volunteer in the weeks that followed the storm. Each person has their own story in this book that impacts the reader. The one story that stood out to me was the couple who would not leave their store even when they knew that they would lose everything once their neighborhood was filled with over five feet of water.
After going back to the YA criteria I second guess whether or not this book meets the criteria at all. For example this book is not written from the viewpoint of a young adult. The book does not put the parents or older adults to the back; I feel they are more or less the ones telling the story. I do feel that the book meets the criteria that the book is fast paced. It keeps my attention. I don’t know if that is just because I have an interest in the story of what happened during the storm and after the storm or because it was fast paced enough to keep my attention throughout the whole thing. The book for sure meets the criteria of having many different characters that are from different backgrounds and cultural groups. The book to me was very positive and it got each individuals story out.
If you want more information on this book you could look up the author’s name which is Josh Neufeld.