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Ninth Ward

Ninth Ward

From New York Times bestselling and 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.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys and Towers Falling, 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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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Fiction / Nature & The Natural World / Weather

On Sale: August 16th 2010

Price: $6.99 / $8.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 224

ISBN-13: 9780316088411

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A CCBC Recommended Multicultural Book for Children and Teens

"Jewell Parker Rhodes has written a powerful novel about family and survival in the face of tragedy and has created in her twelve-year-old narrator Lanesha, a true heroine. [She] shows a kind of bravery and big-heartedness that is a gift she passes along to her friend, her community and the readers of this luminous book."—Walter Mosley
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"An absolutely exquisite children's debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Jewell's vivid writing brings the setting to life, in a story that is both timely and unforgettable."—Patricia Reilly Giff
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"Lanesha is a miraculous candle of a girl: her flame burns steadier in hurricane winds, and glows brighter against dark flood-waters. Jewell Parker Rhodes's book shines with love."—Sara Pennypacker
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"An enjoyable, satisfying novel about the magical spirit of a young girl navigating her way through an American tragedy."—Christopher Paul Curtis
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"A girl with special powers awakens to the New Orleans around her in a story told with gritty poetry."—Richard Peck
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"A beautiful, moving, personal story. Unforgettable. I loved it."—Justine Larbalestier
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"Another gem by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Two youngsters, friends forever, find a way to survive, to love, to begin again. Wow! What a legacy to pass along."
Nikki Giovanni
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