2011 Jane Addams Honor Book Award for Older Children (Jane Addams Peace Association)
2011 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society
A beautiful, moving, personal story of the Ninth Ward and Hurricane Katrina. Unforgettable. I loved it.
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.
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.
An absolutely exquisite children’s debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Lanesha is an honest and believable young heroine, resilient and inspiring in the face of disaster. Jewell’s vivid writing brings the setting to life, in a story that is both timely and unforgettable.
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. As the waters from Hurricane Katrina rise around her and her losses increase, this wise child, whose adopted grandmother taught her about love both seen and unseen, 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.
If you are looking for a novel that lays blame about the devastation of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, this is not it. If you are interested in a novel that captures the essence of New Orleans and its people while simultaneously illustrating how tragedy makes us stronger, Ninth Ward is a must read.
Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleanes’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like 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 celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation.
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Book cover artist: Shino Arihara
Book design by Alison Impey