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Armani Curtis can think about only one thing: her tenth birthday. All her friends are coming to her party, her mama is making a big cake, and she has a good feeling about a certain wrapped box. Turning ten is a big deal to Armani. It means she's older, wiser, more responsible. But when Hurricane Katrina hits the Lower Nines of New Orleans, Armani realizes that being ten means being brave, watching loved ones die, and mustering all her strength to help her family weather the storm. A powerful story of courage and survival, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere celebrates the miraculous power of hope and love in the face of the unthinkable.

©2014 Julie T. Lamana (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-18-16

Three Cheers for Armani!

All Armani wants is to have a stellar eleventh birthday party--to the point where she's willing to fudge about how seriously neighbors are taking Hurricane Katrina. Therefore, to her, everything that follows is her fault, in her mind, because that's the way the young think, isn't it? It's a completely absorbing listen, and that she winds up shouldering so much is heartbreaking on the one hand, heart stirring on the other.
Wonderful, well fleshed-out characters with quirks, needs, weaknesses, fears, beautifully narrated in the voice of the scared young girl, this is a truly unforgettable book. It's full of love and family, and strength to spare.

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I loved it.

I loved the narrating, with the different voices for different characters. It was wonderful, though I must say This book is pretty sad and I live in Louisiana. So this book hit hard, I still LOVED IT.

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Excellent! Bravo!

I've been moved to all emotions in this book. I've been drawn in and this book would not let go until it was over, every word giving new emotion and new anticipation for a happy ending. Wow! I've read a lot of books in the last year and few are so good I don't want to do anything else until the book ends.

Exceptional writing and the most perfect performance!

Wow! Wow! Wow!

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It's works Great... Content, ify

I love the narrator's voice, but the story is a little bit slow in the middle. It includes too many unnecessary details if you are only writing a summary about the book.

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This Book is so AMAZING, You'll want to throw it!

I read the hard copy of this book 3 years ago, and I am still not emotionally over it, that's how amazing it is! One of my 5th graders, whose family was affected by Hurricane Katrina, read it as soon as it hit my library. When she was done, she insisted that I read it. But she warned me that I was going to get to a part that would make me want to throw the book.

Now, this student is as big of a bibliophile as I am, and would never injure a book. I thought she was being over dramatic. NOPE! Seriously, it is so well written, and you become so connected to the characters that you will want to throw the book. Every other student who has read it agrees; some admit that they actually did throw the book.

Because of this connection the reader has to the characters, I was very skeptical of the audio book. I couldn't fathom anyone being able to read this book and do it justice.

I was wrong. Robin Miles becomes the main character for you. Her voice, accent, attitude, and intonation brings this story to life even more. One of the best Narrator choices ever! She made me want to go find the copy of the book and throw it even harder.

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it was amazin.<br />one of the best store ive read in a

love it. it was one of the best in the word for all in the

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What happened to Daddy?

The story was fantastic until the end. Why did we get no closure with Daddy's death?

This was particularly traumatic for a student whose father recently left her family. She has no closure as to what happened to her own father and now has lived Armani's life through this book. Why are we left with no explanation of his death?

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Pretty Good

If the author had edited this more thoroughly, this book could have been five stars instead of 4-. As one reviewer noted, there are a lot of slow spots with unnecessary details. It's no literary masterpiece, but the story was interesting when she wrote about the storm and rescue. With some honing of her skills and a tighter approach to her storyline, she could be an upcoming author.

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Highly Recommend

Wonderful book! Fabulous narration!!! I definitely recommend and will seek out other audio books that are narrated by Robin Miles. I would also love to read another book by this author!

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Was a heart warming book

It talked about sorrow that a young shouldn't go through but God was with her and she new that she was safe with mamaw and her dad beside her. This was the best book I've ever read.

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