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When the Hurricane Came

By: Nechama Liss-Levinson

Historical Fiction

Nine-year-old Gertie's life changes dramatically when Hurricane Katrina comes to town. It seems like she's lost everything. Will she ever feel at home again?

Ages: 9+

144 pages

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Average Rating: (66 Ratings)

Amazing!!
Submitted 4/1/2019 by leveygirls

This book was so good! It made me think more about how people manage hurricanes, a subject I had never really thought about.

It was ok, eh
Submitted 1/1/2019 by j2740325

I liked this book.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

But the main character Gertie, at times in the book can be stubborn, and a brat. And at times, make bad choices. It's a good book to read when you are bored, or if you are sick in bed.

It was amazing!
Submitted 11/4/2018 by F6

double thumbs up!

I would recommend it
Submitted 10/3/2018 by rainbowkeshet

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

The book is about a kid and there's a hurricane so they have to go away to a family member's house, but his dad can't come because he's a doctor and has to stay behind, and he only comes for holidays. The kids misses him a lot. There are a bunch of short stories inside. They saw his dad on the news carrying out the torah because it's a Jewish hospital. It was very good! I liked that it was the perfect length, and how enthusiastic the kid was even though there was a hurricane.

AMAZING!!!!!
Submitted 9/25/2018 by rmbsmiley

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love how Gertie talks about coping with Hurriccane Katrina, her worry for her family and friends, and it all wraps up into her making the world a better place in this amazing, heartwarming book.

Submitted 8/5/2018 by ilovebaseball17

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I finished this book because it was a very good book:)


This is the best book ever!!!
Submitted 8/4/2018 by youngadultpiggie

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

best book ever! i think when the hurricane came is a recommendation for 4th or 3rd graders yea!

It was the best book ever
Submitted 8/1/2018 by Rainbow21

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book also made me think more about friendship and if you leave someone they can do great things. In the story it was hard for her to make friends in Memphis but she ended up making two good friends. It also taught me if you lose every thing you can start over and it is ok for things to change. I would let my friend borrow this book.

it is just fine!
Submitted 7/20/2018 by YehoshuaA

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

When the Hurricane Came was an okay book. I thought the book was too short and I wish it was longer. I would recommend this book to others because people might like that it is about hurricanes. Kids that went through or escaped hurricanes because they might want to hear other people’s experiences. The main character is a girl named Gertie that escaped and went through many difficult situations.

I could not stop reading it
Submitted 7/2/2018 by cocoluc16

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I recommend this book

Interesting
Submitted 6/6/2018 by Jumpyflash

I liked this book.

I was so exited for this book to come in the mail. But I realized that it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I do not like Historical Fiction books very much. But if you do, I recommend it for you.

Really interesting
Submitted 4/3/2018 by Calroy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Great book. Really interesting. It was a really nice and cool book.😎

OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!
Submitted 3/6/2018 by awarburton

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was very emotional and funny and happy and sad and everything that you need to have in a good book!

Awesome!
Submitted 3/2/2018 by happyactress

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

My mom and I loved this book so much! It inspired me to start a library in Africa for my Bat Mitzvah project!

Sad but good
Submitted 2/25/2018 by TWYankees

awesome!!!
Submitted 2/7/2018 by IsraeliFlag

Thumbs up!

After reading the book, I thought about how we should be thankful for what we have.

Love it
Submitted 2/7/2018 by Foxes

I can easily imagine how it would feel to lose your friends like in this book. When the Hurricane Came is a story that could have happened almost the same for many other people whose lives have been wrecked by a hurricane.

awsome
Submitted 2/5/2018 by rebeccaeb

Thumbs up!

this book is so good, it made me think more about hurricane Katrina. i'm glad we don't live near the equator.

It was a good story
Submitted 2/4/2018 by piratebatman

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This would be a good story for older kids, because it can be sad. I thought it was very interesting how and why they made their decisions about what to do.

This was great book
Submitted 2/4/2018 by bunnylover28

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This was a great book. It is about when a hurricane happened and they had to leave there friends and there home to leave with there counsins.

great read!
Submitted 2/3/2018 by EmmaEMB

Thumbs up!

not good
Submitted 2/3/2018 by Rh2828

I thought I could learn about what it is like to experience being in a tragic hurricane, this book really didn't leave me feeling WOW THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK! In fact it did the opposite!

DO NOT READ!!!!!!

It was a great book
Submitted 2/1/2018 by mrsmadayar

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It was great. Fantastic. One of my favorites.

story of hope
Submitted 2/1/2018 by HasFunReading

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I liked the fact that the main character didn't give up on different things.

Really Good
Submitted 1/8/2018 by SashaDog

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I think this was an awesome book! It made me feel sorry for Gertie, it also made me think more about the Torah. I like how the time of year changes between each chapter. MUST READ!

Not For Me
Submitted 1/6/2018 by bunnylovey

This book was not my favorite book that I have ever read. It was okay but could have been better.

ok
Submitted 1/2/2018 by Littlebird

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Not the best but not the worst

Sad but cool
Submitted 1/2/2018 by 10232008

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Gertie had to move after Hurricane Katrina came. It was very sad but I liked it. It was funny when she made her own kugel for Rosh Hashana. Please read this!

amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/2/2018 by abby.abborg

I loved this book!

this book made me think about the past and hard times also it shows how one little thing can change the world!!!!!!!!!
read this book

HURRICANE, I have heard of those, not good!
Submitted 1/2/2018 by lightandjoy

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

WOW! I would not want to be any where where a hurricane could hit, I wish that the hurricanes would not be so deadly. so many lose all they own.
I have been trying to think up ways where I could help these people, help the homeless and the poor. my family while we where in MO ( we are not in MO any more,) but we gave food to some one who was homless, we have helped someone by buying them some food. but I want to learn how to knit and crochet that way I can make a blanket and scarves. I also wnat to learn how to make quilts and make these for the poor and homeless and for people that lose everything they own. plus make things for orphans. what can you do to help the poor, homeless, and for the people that lose every thing including the orphans?
thank you pj our way for putting a book like this up, It is my favorite book so far.

It's pretty awesome!
Submitted 1/1/2018 by 168562

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book was decent. I learned a lot from it.

I enjoyed reading this book.
Submitted 12/31/2017 by MapMaker

I enjoyed reading this book. This book is about a girl named Gertie who has to leave her home in New Orleans and go to Memphis, Tennessee because Hurricane Katrina is about to come. They stay at their aunt and uncles’ house there. Gertie’s dad has to stay in New Orleans to help save people. When he comes back, he tells everyone that their home was destroyed by the hurricane. They have to start the school year at a different school in Memphis. Gertie makes new friends at her new school. She does many interesting things in Memphis. In the end, she convinces her parents to move back to New Orleans in a trailer and tries hard to make the world a better place.

importance of family
Submitted 12/18/2017 by TrooperYeager

I would read more books by this author.

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

I think she was protected by God.Her dad was a great man staying be hind.

Pretty good
Submitted 12/10/2017 by fairysparkle

I liked this book.

I liked it. It did have a mistake (first it said one of the girls like gold for the color of their dance outfit, then it said the other girl liked that color) but it is a good book. It made me think about what the people in Houston went through and lost. It made me think about how lucky I am.

THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/10/2017 by rag1215

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I think you should read this book :) :) :) :) :)

The beginning of this book makes almost no sense.
Submitted 12/9/2017 by ilovemath

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was about a girl who moved from New Orleans to Memphis because of the Hurricane Katrina. But I don't think the book makes sense because if there was a Hurricane I would take my shoes with me and think it was a big deal.

This teaches a lot of things about the importance of family
Submitted 12/8/2017 by MysticGalaxy250

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I really like this book and it made me think about how lucky I am to live in a house and there being no hurricanes, tornadoes, or really bad earthquakes. It also really shows the importance of family. I really suggest this book. I only gave it four stars because I prefer fantasy, mystery, and adventure more.

This book was good.
Submitted 12/7/2017 by HadasahV

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I did not pick this book me and my sister got it in the mail by surprise! I thought we missed this time for my baby sister was born around that time and we were busy. Thank you PJ Our Way for sending me a book I thought I missed!

Great book
Submitted 12/6/2017 by Ilovehistory

This book made me feel sad because lots of people died in hurricane Katrina. Good book that is all I can say. I can not explain but read to find out.

awesome book!
Submitted 12/4/2017 by mmp08

I loved this book!

this book was great because it tells you how it is for people who move away somewhere else because of a hurricane.

Great
Submitted 12/4/2017 by Rainbow44

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Gertie and her family miss there father because he stayed in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina which resembles family importance.

Eh
Submitted 12/4/2017 by Kiki

This book was just OK

When I got this book, I didn't realize that it was for younger kids. I honestly didn't really like this book. Maybe for younger kids.

This is one of the best books I've ever read! I think the title is cute.
Submitted 12/4/2017 by AYR212

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was great!
Submitted 12/4/2017 by Hockeygirl07

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was great. It taught me to be great full for what I have.👍🏻

What a great book!
Submitted 12/1/2017 by mike8569

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

terrible
Submitted 12/1/2017 by ari42ari

This book was just OK

Terribe i hatedi t

hope this happens if i am in a HURRICANE
Submitted 11/27/2017 by iJKi49

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Very interesting and awesome! :) :)
Submitted 11/9/2017 by Dancegirl910

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I think this book was very interesting and fun and it made me think about being Jewish during the time of Hurricane Katrina I would suggest it for many ages! I hope you engoy it as much as me.

amazing
Submitted 10/9/2017 by Gymnist06

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Bad!
Submitted 10/1/2017 by rivkahlovesbooks

BAD BAD BAD

love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 1/15/2017 by Maya2006

Thumbs up!

MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like it
Submitted 12/4/2016 by chabadoc2

I really like the trailer but I don't know how to get it

So boring
Submitted 11/6/2016 by actsingdance13

This book was just OK

It was not very interesting and it wasn't very well written. I wouldn't recommend it for older kids.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/7/2016 by kdw954

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not for me, maybe
Submitted 10/3/2016 by BrownHair

This book was just OK

This book was a little boring. It also went too fast. There was too much story at the beginning that didn't relate to the actual part where the hurricane came. There wasn't enough story and details where Gertie and her family are leaving and when the hurricane comes.

Submitted 6/4/2016 by Bug Whisperer

Thumbs up!

I liked when she tried to go back to see her Dad and her grandmother during the hurricane. It showed how much she cared about her family.

Interesting Story
Submitted 5/3/2016 by joyreader

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was an interesting book about a girl who had to leave her home when a hurricane came. She doesn't know what's going to happen when she doesn't take all of the things she loves and leaves New Orleans. Then she figures out how to help kids in New Orleans after the hurricane.

Awesome
Submitted 5/1/2016 by brofe

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really like this book. I think it would be good for anyone. It good .

i loved the book when the hurricane came
Submitted 4/4/2016 by snazzyjazzy

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I think this book was amazing and really showed me that even if something goes wrong like when the hurricane came they went to live with their Aunt and Uncle and they had to learn how their Aunt and Uncle celebrated the Jewish Holidays.

AWESOME!
Submitted 4/3/2016 by blue9

I loved this book!

This book shows us that sometimes we have to face what will ruin what we love. It also teaches us that we might have to leave the family, toys and friends that we love.

Gertie Rocks
Submitted 3/30/2016 by laxdudette1230

I loved this book!

I just love Gertie's character traits! She is so brave. I couldn't imagine living through that kind of hurricane! I totally recommend this (amazing) book! (:

I realized my life was easy
Submitted 9/10/2015 by Iluvreading

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I thought, at the time, that life my life was difficult, with lots of work, but know, my life feels like a peice of cake.

good book!
Submitted 6/15/2015 by _H_A_P_P_Y_

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Great Book
Submitted 5/1/2015 by naomi

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Gertie survived a very dangerous storm. She's very lucky that she and her family are safe.

AMAZING
Submitted 4/22/2015 by berry

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I think that When the Hurricane Came was an awesome book i loved how it talked about family and how important it is to trust your family.

I really liked this book
Submitted 3/1/2015 by Design Team

Reviewed by Hadas, from WA, Design Team

When a Hurricane comes to New Orleans, nine-year old Gertie has to leave her house and friends. With her family, she must leave New Orleans and go live with her uncle and aunt in Tennessee. The sad news is that her dad works in a hospital and can’t be with the family at all, but on holidays he tries to be there to celebrate with everyone! In the Beginning, Gertie misses her friends from New Orleans very much, but she gets to know the new place better, makes new friends and participates in a talent show with them, where they dance the Dance of the Dreidels.

I enjoyed this book because instead of celebrating the holidays alone, they celebrate the holiday together with family and have lots of fun! I would recommend this book to those who would like to know how one little kid can make it out in the world.

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Nechama Liss-Levinson

Author of When the Hurricane Came

"Amazing things happen when you help others."
 

Nechama Liss-Levinson is a psychologist and a writer. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in the summer of 2005, Nechama volunteered to help rebuild the city.

Nechama likes to read, go for hikes, and help people with their problems, and she loves being a mother and a grandmother! Nechama lives in New York with her husband.

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