Ninth Ward

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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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Susan NewsteadPosted July 12, 2011

Ninth Ward is an amazing story about Lanesha, 12 years old, and Mama Ya Ya, her loving, elderly caretaker. They live in the poor Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Lanesha can see spirits, although she doesn't talk about it. Mama Ya Ya is able to predict the...

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