Friday, September 28, 2012

FRIDAY FICTION: NINTH WARD by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ninth Ward is a gorgeously written coming-of-age novel set in New Orleans 

during 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.


“An absolutely exquisite children’s debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. —PATRICIA REILLY GIFF

Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author of adult fiction.
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Her books have won awards such as the American Book Award
and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for
Literary Excellence.  She is the founding artistic director
of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at
Arizona State University.  Ninth Ward is her first novel
for children.


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