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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

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Sarah Heaton

on 2 March 2015

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Transcript of Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Characters
*Armani Curtis- The main character. she is very independent and has lots of responsibility such as watching her two little sisters just at the age of 10.
*Armoni's parents and Grandma
*Georgie- Armoni's brother
Plot
Setting
Armoni is almost 10 years old and happier than ever to have her birthday. When she finds out about a hurricane warning she fails to tell her family which results into having to stick together through the hurricane.
During the time of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Character Change
Plot (cont.)
The story tells about the struggled and battles faced in the eyes of a 10 year old girl during Hurricane Katrina. Armoni must stick with her family to help make sure everyone is safe. Read the book to find out who survives the horrible tragedy.
Armani must learn to be strong and battle through the toughest times. At the beginning of the book she was very only focused on her birthday. Turning ten was a huge deal for her. Though all of that seemed to change.
Character Change (cont.)
Hyperbole
Battling through the hurricane made Armani realize that she needs her family more than ever. She learns to take on more responsibility and finds out that she needs to stop thinking only for herself.
"Mama was wailing at the top of her lungs" p. 133

-someone cannot literally wail at the top of their lungs, proving the statement to be an exaggeration.
Personification
Simile
"Mama's lime green party dress took to floating and puffed up like a parachute around her." p.158

-This compares how mama's dress looks like a parachute.
"The wind was banging on the screen door like a drum..." p. 71

-This shows personification by giving the human like qualities because the wind can not "bang" on the screen door.
Imagery
"A big gust of wind came whooshing by, throwing bits of rain into my cheeks and all but knocking me off of my own two feet." p. 98

-This shows imagery because it form a mental picture in the readers head about how extreme the weather was.
"There ain't no leavin' N'awlins, George. Nobody can get outta the city. Not nobody. Every since the mayor ordered the evacuation, there ain't nothing but wall-to-wall cars on the interstate" p. 69

The author uses this technique of writing to show the slang used where in New Orleans and to show the accent.
Colloquialism
Recommendation
I thought this was a great book and wasn't just the average middle school drama. It showed the real struggles of going through a hurricane and shows just how strong a family can be. The book included no profanity or harsh language so it is suitable for everyone.
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