Ninth Ward

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 16, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of survival in the face of Hurricane Katrina.
Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, it's up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.

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Lanesha (who has "the gift" and can see ghosts) lives with Mama Ya-Ya in the poor Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Mama Ya-Ya isn't even a relative, but just an old lady who took Lanesha in after her mother ... Read full review

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Lanesha's mom dies in child birth and she is raised by Ma Ma Yaya. This story takes place just prior to Hurrican Katrina in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. It has overtones of voodoo beliefs but ... Read full review

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is a professor of creative writing and American literature at Arizona State University. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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