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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. Jewell’s vivid writing brings the setting to life, in a story that is both timely and unforgettable.” —Patricia Reilly Giff
“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

ABOUT the AUTHOR

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author of adult fiction.

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.

An interview with the author:

An interview with the author