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Ninth Ward

Ninth Ward

When Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, it's up to 12-year-old Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

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ISBN 9780316043083
Barcode 9780316043083
Published 12 June 2012 by Little, Brown
Format Paperback, Import
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Author(s) By Rhodes, Jewell Parker
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ISBN-13 9780316043083
ISBN-10 0316043087
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date 12 June 2012
International Publication Date 10 April 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, Import
Edition Import
Author(s) By Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Miscellaneous Items
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 193mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 164g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress New Orleans (La.), Bildungsromans, Coming of age, African Americans, Hurricane Katrina, 2005
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 265865

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 A beautiful, moving, personal story. Unforgettable. I loved it. --Justine Larbalestier A girl with special powers awakens to the New Orleans around her in a story told with gritty poetry. --Richard Peck An enjoyable, satisfying novel about the magical spirit of a young girl navigating her way through an American tragedy. --Christopher Paul Curtis 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 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 A CCBC Recommended Multicultural Book for Children and Teens 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

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Author's Bio

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 Association 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.

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