Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for
young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a
Global Society, and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids
selection. You can visit Jewell online at www.jewellparkerrhodes.com.