Discussion Questions for Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
About this book
About the Book
Zane is a charismatic twelve-year-old boy visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from his family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina’s wind, rain, and horrific flooding. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale.
- How did Zane’s grandmother help Zane to feel welcome?
- Zane’s mother says, “Don’t be mad, be smart.” How does this advice help Zane during the hurricane?
- Does the behavior of the security guards surprise you? Why or why not?
- How does Tru take care of Zane and Malvina? How do Malvina and Zane take care of Tru?
- Malvina and Tru are so close that she sometimes seems to know what he is thinking. Do you have that kind of bond with anyone? How would you describe your connection?
- Zane and his friends run into one problem after another. If you were in charge, how would you have tried to make the situation better?
- Zane, Tru, and Malvina bond as they try to survive. Have you ever had a relationship that grew stronger after a difficult event? Explain.
- Were you surprised that Zane did not regret his trip to New Orleans? Why or why not?
- Zane and his friends found that after the hurricane, some people were generous and helpful but others were not. Do you think people can change? Why or why not?
- Why do you think Malvina decided to go through the barricade and defy the police? Do you think she made the right choice? Why or why not?