How do you find your way home when your home no longer exists? For 17-year old twin sisters Sammy and Ronnie and their father, Willis, the answer to that question becomes a life raft when they are displaced after Hurricane Katrina.
Running Away to Home, a YA verse novel, tells the story of two brave sisters, a repentant father, and the amazing triumphant spirit of familial love.
After leaving New Orleans for Atlanta, Ronnie and Sammie are separated and find themselves living in different parts of the city. Each sister is lured by false promises of love and security as they initially believe the people they encounter.
As a YA verse novel, this story relies on poetry to express the intimacy of sisterhood and the triumphant spirit of its characters. Older YA readers will be moved by this family’s journey in the wake of one of the most memorable historical events our nation has experienced.
Lita Hooper is a poet and YA author. She teaches writing and designs online courses. Her love of photography and yoga have led to surprising discoveries and lots of travel. She has one husband, three teenagers, a dog, and an insatiable appetite for fish tacos.