Ranger in Time: Hurricane Katrina Rescue

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  • Age Range: 7-10
  • Grade Level: 2-5
  • Hardcover/Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (June 26, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1338133950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1338133950

Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, arrives in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches and residents start to evacuate the city. Ranger meets Clare Porter, who is searching for her grandmother. Once Ranger helps Clare find Nana, he takes shelter with them at their home in the Lower Ninth Ward, and they wait for Clare’s father to return from the gas station. But there’s no sign of him as hours pass and the weather gets worse. The wind picks up and rain pours down. And when the levees break, floodwaters dangerously rise, and Clare and Nana are separated. Can Ranger help Clare navigate the flooded streets to safety and back to her family?

Activities and Extras

Ever wonder what an author’s writing process looks like for a chapter book series like Ranger in Time? Check out Kate Messner’s virtual author visit on YouTube with a look at the research, planning, and revision involved in the first two Ranger books!

Praise for the Ranger in Time series:

“This excellent story contains historical details, full-page illustrations, and enough action to keep even reluctant readers engaged.”

~School Library Journal

“The third-person narration expertly balances Ranger’s thoughts between the appropriately doglike (squirrels! bacon!) and the heroic (Ranger’s drive to find and protect).”


“McMorris’s richly rendered illustrations heighten the plot’s many moments of danger and drama, and Messner (Manhunt) incorporates a wealth of historical details into her rousing adventure story. An author’s note offers additional context and detail about the challenges pioneers faced and the real-life research that went into this story.”

~Publishers Weekly

“Readers will love following Ranger on his thrilling adventure along the Oregon Trail. What a great way to learn about history!”

~Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series