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Ninth Ward

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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What a beautiful, wrenching book. I may have a different faith than the characters depicted, but I can appreciate the need to survive and the honor of remembering those who have died. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This is a great book that talks about life pre-Katrina in the ninth ward of New Orleans. I love how Jewel Parker Rhodes tells this story of the 12 year old Protagonist Lenesha growing up in the poverty stricken 9th ward. She is cared for by an elderly mid-wife since her own mother passed away during childbirth. Lanesha grows up during the weeks time that spans this book. Lanesha and MaMa YaYa stay behind and do not evacuate for Katrina, MaMa YaYa ends up passing away from old age and illness as the water rises after the storm hits. Lenesha and her friend Lashone ride out the flooding in the attic. Then they make their way to roof, catch a neighbors boat, and find their way to safety. During this book Lenesha becomes a woman and it is symbolized as she takes on the mother roll when the storm hits. ( )
  krichard | Jan 29, 2020 |
If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear a personal story from someone who survived Hurricane Katrina, pick up Ninth Ward by Jewell Rhodes. The characters are fictional, but the story represents the experiences of thousands of New Orleans residents in the devastating storm of 2005. Join Lanesha, a 12-year old girl who lives with her adopted grandmother in a tightly-knit community called the Ninth Ward, as she begins to understand the gravity of the approaching hurricane and what it might mean for her life. Ride out the storm with her as the water rises and her situation becomes fraught with danger.

Ninth Ward will appeal to readers who appreciate strong female heroines, thorough character development, and a taste of adventure. Warning: the book has sad parts! ( )
  rhowens | Nov 26, 2019 |
Lovely, lyrical tale, as uplifting as a middle grade novel about Katrina can be. Many children in the target age group will probably be confused by the magical realism elements, though there is a friend and a dog and a wonderful grandma figure to carry them through. I might be more inclined to recommend this as an English class novel than for kids to read on their own. ( )
  SamMusher | Sep 7, 2019 |
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In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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