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Jewell Parker Rhodes

Author of Ghost Boys

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About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author. Her books include Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Season, Moon, Hurricane, and the children's book, Ninth Ward. She is also the author of the writing guides Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American show more Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Rhodes honors include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing and Artistic Director of Piper Global Engagement at Arizona State University. (Bowker Author Biography) Jewell Parker Rhodes is a professor of creative writing and American literature at Arizona State University. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. show less
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Works by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys (2018) 1,142 copies, 69 reviews
Ninth Ward (2010) 1,049 copies, 57 reviews
Towers Falling (2016) 805 copies, 33 reviews
Sugar (2013) 759 copies, 183 reviews
Black Brother, Black Brother (2020) 386 copies, 15 reviews
Bayou Magic (2015) 316 copies, 6 reviews
Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau (1993) 300 copies, 3 reviews
Douglass' Women : A Novel (2002) 150 copies, 4 reviews
Voodoo Season (2005) 112 copies, 5 reviews
Paradise on Fire (2021) 99 copies, 3 reviews
Magic City (1997) 93 copies, 1 review
Yellow Moon: A Novel (2008) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Hurricane: A Novel (2011) 31 copies, 2 reviews

Associated Works

Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002) — Contributor — 124 copies
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Contributor — 100 copies, 2 reviews
Proverbs for the People: Contemporary African-American Fiction (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 37 copies
Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals (2018) — Contributor — 8 copies, 2 reviews


Common Knowledge



Had to read this for sixth grade English class
MarkAl | 32 other reviews | Jul 4, 2024 |
A fascinating, compassionate look at a real-world issue.
Library_Guard | 68 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Read this book for a class, and I could talk for an hour or more about this book and all it has to say. It made me feel so many feelings and it's definitely a heavy one that doesn't tread lightly and isn't afraid to discuss heavy-hitting topics.
NovaQueen27 | 68 other reviews | Jan 11, 2024 |
I really got into this story, probably because I didn't know very much about the experience of being in the Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina. I was fascinated by the timeline--the area flooded slowly in the days after the hurricane hit, and then people were stranded for days with no rescue. My colleagues have criticized the ending for being too vague because the story doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion (we're left wondering what is going to happen to Lanesha). But I thought it was still a very powerful little book that kept me totally enthralled. Beautifully written, with wonderful characters and a bit of a history lesson.… (more)
LibrarianDest | 56 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |



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