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Ninth Ward

By Jewell Parker Rhodes (Hardcover Book, 2010)
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.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $15.99 US/$19.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316043076

    • On Sale Date: 08/16/2010

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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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.

Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author of adult literature. Her books have won awards such as the American Book Award and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence. Jewell is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Ninth Ward is her first novel for young readers.
  • A CCBC Recommended Multicultural Book for Children and Teens

    Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "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).

  • Advance 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).

  • Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "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).

  • Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "An enjoyable, satisfying novel about the magical spirit of a young girl navigating her way through an American tragedy." (Christopher Paul Curtis).

  • Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "A girl with special powers awakens to the New Orleans around her in a story told with gritty poetry." (Richard Peck).

  • Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "A beautiful, moving, personal story. Unforgettable. I loved it." (Justine Larbalestier).

  • Advance Praise for Ninth Ward
    "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).

  • (School Library Journal).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

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Ninth Ward
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $15.99 US/$19.99 CAN
  • Pages: 224
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316043076
  • On Sale Date: 08/16/2010
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