Ninth Ward


by Jewell Parker Rhodes


In this compelling Coretta Scott King Award-winning story, Lanesha’s mother died giving birth to her, and for as long as she can remember, she’s been able to communicate with the spirit world. Now twelve years old and living in a tight-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward with her caretaker, the wise and loving Mama Ya-Ya who also has “special talents,” Lanesha doesn’t have a fancy house like others she knows, but that doesn’t matter to her. She has all she needs. Then Mama Ya-Ya foresees a powerful hurricane (Katrina) fast approaching. As the storm nears and the call comes for mandatory evacuation, 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. Ages 9-12.
Ninth Ward – Jewell Parker Rhodes – Hardcover
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