A Sneak Peek at Storyworks Nonfiction: The 2016 Louisiana Flood

Allison Friedman

We can’t wait for you and your students to get your hands on Storyworks’ September nonfiction feature, “Our World Turned to Water.” It tells the story of the devastating flooding that struck Southern Louisiana in August of last year—the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.

In the days after the flood, editor Lauren Tarshis received an email from a Storyworks class in Baton Rouge, inviting her down South to visit their school and hear their stories of survival. The experiences they shared were harrowing, but also deeply inspiring: a testament to the power of resilience, community, and hope. Lauren wove these stories into a thrilling nonfiction story that will move your students and hold them rapt.

And to take them even further into the story, we have a behind-the-scenes video in which Lauren gives students a firsthand look at her trip down to Baton Rouge. It features emotional interviews with students and teachers affected by the flood, and is probably our most moving and personal video ever. I’ve been working on it for almost a month, have seen it no fewer than 50 times, and I still get a giant lump in my throat every time I watch. You and your class are going to love it.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait too long. The article and video (as well as the rest of the Septepmber 2017 issue) will be up on the Storyworks website next Friday, August 11—so make sure to check in then!

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