I had never heard the phrase "comic reportage" before reading the back of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. by Josh Neufeld It is an intriguing format. For readers who want to read an in-depth news story complete with pictures, it provides a new way to do so. There has been much written on Hurricane Katrina, the toll on human life, and the devastation of property. As we approach the nine year anniversary, I still hear an occasional story in the news about its lingering impact. I am always interested in hurricane stories partly because of our own vulnerability to them here on the RI south coast.
A.D.: New Orleans... tells the story of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of five true survival stories. The author had spent three weeks as a Red Cross volunteer in the wake of the storm and was able to connect with a wide variety of experiences, from those who stayed in New Orleans to those who evacuated.
If you are interested but can't be bothered to find the book, read the online comic version at Smith Magazine.
I became interested in Neufeld's work after reading The Influencing Machine, a graphic nonfiction work about the media, a sample of which you can read at Slate Magazine.
Mrs. Carlino: librarian, technology teacher, intrepid reader, armchair (and real when I can swing it) traveler, vegetable gardener, and outdoor lover!
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Other lists of great reads:
A .pdf File from the MA Department of Eduction that outlines suggested reading for grade level. The authors that will help you be "well-read":
I found this nice list of classics for middle schoolers thanks to a teacher in New York. Thanks to Mr. Shapiro wherever you are!