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Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' 9th 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.
From the New York Times bestselling author of "Ghost Boys" and "Towers Falling", "Ninth Ward" is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family — as only love can define it.
"Jewell Parker Rhodes has written a powerful novel about family and survival in the face of tragedy and has created in her 12-year-old narrator Lanesha, a true heroine. [She] shows a kind of bravery and big-heartedness that is a gift she passes along to her friend, her community and the readers of this luminous book."