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In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


From early in his life, Lonnie Johnson has had a love for rockets, robots, and inventions and a mind for creativity. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, Lonnie developed persistence and a passion for problem solving, which became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer. He worked on planes and rockets at the U.S. Air Force and NASA. But he has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults with his invention, the Super Soaker water gun.

Boy Running

Book Information

Marvelous Cornelius
By Phil Bidner
Scholastic, ©2012

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