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.
PRAISE FOR NINTH WARD
“An absolutely exquisite children’s debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. —PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author of adult fiction.