Author Jewell Parker Rhodes' first YA novel, Ninth Ward, is a wonderful tale of survival during the Katrina disaster -- with a wide swirl of paranormal abilities and love between an elderly caregiver and her young charge. Highly recommended!
"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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