Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
Saint is a boy loving life in the middle of New Orleans. He comes from a good family, has a best friend (even if they are on the outs right now) and he has a dream. He is performing with his clarinet with an empty hat for tourists so that he can buy his dream clarinet...and in a few years, he will be on his was to Julliard. But Hurricane Katrina sweeps through, possibly destroying his town as well as his dreams. Really liked this book...and I think it is great for kids from this area to get a glimpse of such a catastrophe that truly rocked the world.