Book Review – 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.”

Ninth WardNinth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book about a young girl’s experience with Hurricane Katrina. It gave wonderful insight on the less fortunate in New Orleans and provided great insight into cultural beliefs. Although recommended for young adults, as an educator and parent I really got a lot out of the story and would recommend it to both children and adults.

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